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Friday, April 11, 2014


12"x9" Oil on Linen mounted Birch Board panel

"Oliver" is the name of this beautiful show horse who lives on John's Island at the CATR Farms.
There will be a fabulously fun event there:
Please join us...
In the Company of Horses 
CATR's 6th Annual Fundraising Event

CATR's Sixth Annual In the Company of Horses

 this April 27th, 2014.  Come out if you are in the area.

For more information and tickets go to:  http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1800986

"Shem Creek Outlet" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen mounted Birch Board Panel   SOLD

I wanted to name this something like "Sideways" or "Little Shem Creek" . . . but that sounded weird..  my Wednesday painting friends and I showed up at Shem Creek Park and walked half-way down the long pier and stopped at the side of Shem Creek at this tiny outlet.  It was a beautiful day!  No humidity, Loads of Sunshine and friendly faces passing by.

"Magnolia View of the Ashley"

5"x7" Oil on Linen mounted Birch Board panel
another one of the small series from my stroll throughout Magnolia Plantation.  I thought a view of the Ashley River should be added.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014


I am honored to be a participating Artist for the third year at this event.  So excited!
If you are in the Columbus, Georgia area the week of April 11 - 17th Come on out!

"Sunny Magnolia Oak"

5"x7" Oil on Linen Birch Board Panel

A very impressionistic expression of a very large Oak Tree at Magnolia Plantation.

"A Stroll Beside The Ashley"

5"x7" Oil on Linen mounted on Birch Board

Another one for the series of small paintings I am doing based on snapshots I took at Magnolia Plantation. I loved this path and the large Oak Trees hanging out over the Ashley River.  This might be a fun one to repaint on a larger scale.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"Welcoming Oak"

5"x7" Oil on  Linen Birch Board Panel

Just before the road opens to the main house in Magnolia Plantation you'll see this large, grande Oak Tree.  The fence below it running across the canvas is about 3.5 feet high to offer you perspective on the tree's enormous size!

"Red Bridge"

7"x5" Oil on Linen Birch Board Panel

On one of our recent sunny, warm Spring days my daughter and I walked Magnolia Plantation and I snapped a bunch of photos.

"Little Cherub"

7"x5" Oil on Linen Birch Board Panel
This little Cherub & Fish Fountain can be found in one of the meditating gardens at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, SC.

"Come Along With Me"

 20"x24" Oil on Linen Canvas
 Here it is framed (please excuse the padded corners - it is on its way to the gallery so I like to keep it somewhat protected in transit)
Waiting to hear of its new home. . . heard it might already be sold.

Monday, March 24, 2014

"Garden Pathway" (toward the Field)

12"x9" Oil on Linen/Birch Board Panel

A friend helps homeowners create some of the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen and this is just a corner of one of her creations.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

"Dainty Nibbles" SOLD

12"x9" Oil on Linen/Birch board Panel   SOLD

Another beautiful pony from the CATR Farms on Johns Island.  They will be hosting a fundraiser on April 27th 2014 it'll be great fun for the whole family!

"Magnificence" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen mounted Birch Board Panel  SOLD

"Grandeur, Majesty, Stateliness, Nobleness, Glory, Radiance, Grace, Beauty, Style, Splendor," are just among some of the words synonymous with "Magnificence."  I thought that all of these words summed up this stately beauty.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Red Barn" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Linen Birch Board Panel   SOLD

Despite the chilly, damp 40-degree weather, the Wednesday painters showed up to paint the glorious beauty of CATR Farms Therapeutic Riding Stables on Johns Island.  What a joy to meet with the team of ladies who assist and work with children learning to break through their own disabilities riding the precious horses boarded here.

I look forward to coming back out to paint some more!  If you are in the area on April 27th, come out to Johns Island, 2669 Hamilton Road off of River Road, for their fun Fundraiser.  Food, Music and of course Horses!  The grounds are gorgeous and the horses are sweet!

Monday, March 17, 2014


8"x10" Oil on Linen mounted Birch Board Panel  DONATED

Shem Creek South Carolina has some of the most beautiful references for paintings.  this one is being donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation in May called the Trailblaze Challenge in Asheville, NC.

Friday, March 14, 2014


"Race Ya!" is an 8"x10" Oil on Linen mounted on Birch Board Panel   DONATION

This was painted to be donated for a fund-raiser on March 22nd.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

"Hay Fields"

8"x10" Oil on Linen/Birch Board Panel

Go ahead, say it.  I am being way too literal for the Charleston Artist Collective's Theme next month: "Fields."  But won't you agree that there is something about rolled up Hay Bales that makes for a gorgeous painting composition?

"Eating Out With a Friend"

8"x10" Oil on Linen/Birch Board Panel

I love these guys.  They live around the way from my neighborhood.  I pass by their farm as I head out and back from home and many times I'll stop and pat a nose or rub their necks.  They are the sweetest!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

"Just Because"

14"x11" Oil on Linen/Birch Board Panel

My sweet husband came home from a long day at work with this bouquet of roses in his hands, . . Just because!

"Flowers & Fruit"

11"x14" Oil on Linen/Birch board panel

Today's rainy, cold weather kept me inside so I put together another still life.  Cheers!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Sea Oats on Sullivan's" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen mounted Birch Board Panel   SOLD

I may have "pushed" the colors on this image a bit too much. . . so I may re-take, but this is from a photo I took on one of the last days of the swimming season as school started late last year. . . I've been desiring to paint this image for quite some time.  The day was glorious and it was one I was able to enjoy with both my children as we all played in the surf of Sullivan's Island.

"Pitcher of Sun"

12"x9" Oil on Linen/Birch Board Panel

Yesterday was my designated plein air day and it was rainy and cold!  So I set up a still life of my own sunshine.  Sunflowers always make me happy (especially on a gloomy day).

"Beach Around The Bend"

8"x10" Oil on Linen/Birch Board Panel

It was the first sunny and somewhat warm day of the year and I was blessed to be out painting with one of my painting buddies. . . I simply "played" in that fact and allowed myself to enjoy the color, shapes of shadows and light as I painted this.

"Beach Dune Patterns"

8"x10" Oil on Linen/Birch Board Panel

The shapes and patterns of the dunes' shadows led me out to the distant beach.

"Gnarled Oak Patterns" SOLD

9"x12" Oil on Linen/Birch Board   SOLD

The patterns of the shadows and the branches themselves intrigue me.  They must be painted!

Tea Bouquet

11"x14" Oil on Linen/Birch Board panel

The cold, wet weather as of late has limited my plein air outings but has provided plenteous opportunity to exercise my still-life muscles!

Fragrant Blooms

8"x10" Oil on Linen mounted Birch Board Panel - Framed

This one is headed to the Columbus Museum of Art in Georgia for their annual "Let There Be Art!" Exhibit and sale.  2014 marks my third year participating in this fundraising event in which sales benefit the Beautiful, ongoing Art exhibits of this exquisite Museum.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

"Fragrant Early Blooms"

11"x14" Oil on Linen/Birch Board panel

This month's theme for The Charleston Artist Collective is "Intoxicating" and that is exactly my reaction to one of my favorite spring flowers, Hyacinths.  To my surprise, I found these sprouting where I had set the pots aside last fall after cutting them down, thinking they were only a season away from the trash!  They look so pretty that I put them by my front porch.  Along side my watering can, they made a pretty little display that I had to paint it!  Happy Springtime everyone!

"Belle Journee Deux" SOLD

11"x14" Oil on Linen/Birch Board Panel  SOLD

A "re-do" of the original "Belle Journee" which was destroyed en transit to its new home.  Although it is not an exact copy of the original (in part to maintain their originality), it is my hope that this might provide happiness to that buyer or anyone else who desires it.  Have a beautiful day, "Belle Journee!"

Thursday, January 23, 2014

"American Shrimpers" SOLD

Shem Creek SC is where I was on this COLD winter day!  This is fresh off the easel and is still very wet! I am going to thaw out now. . . (HA!)  SOLD

"Evening Stroll" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Linen/Birch Board Panel  SOLD

This is a bit colorful compared to my other Shore Bird paintings, but the evening light here on the coast shows off brilliant color!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"Top Three (Well, Look At That!)"

24"x30" Oil on Canvas

I continue to receive requests to paint more for my Shore Birds series. . . here is another. . .

Charleston Gas Lamp SOLD

 7"x5" Oil on Linen/Birch Board Panel  SOLD
A Beautiful home on historical Legare Street, downtown Charleston, SC is where I found this lovely gas lamp.  Warmth in the midst of cooler months!

Words to live by

SOMETHING TO LIVE BY I hope the artist from whom I copied this doesn't mind.  I think this is a brilliant quote!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

"Temple Bar Dublin" Ooops! I need a better image! SOLD

16"x20" Oil on Canvas
This is a commissioned piece
for a lovely couple from their daughters for Christmas.  The girls visited this popular historic site. Their parents are taking dance lessons and wanted me to paint their parents dancing within the image.  
I was in such a hurry to get this shipped out that I neglected to take a quality photo of it.  
But this is what I have so far. . . hopefully, soon, I'll have a better image to show.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I'm Back!

Merry Christmas and Happy holidays everyone!  I've been somewhat lax in posting my recent paintings. . . it's been a busy month on the easel. 
 I will have to piece these images out and explain sizes and locals, but for now I wanted to add the visual information to the site.  I hope you enjoy.  I promise, I'll be back with more in addition to the details.  Have a Happy Day!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

"Tunnel Of Oaks" SOLD

24"x30"  Oil on Canvas   SOLD

At this time of the year, the grass begins to go into dormancy and the leaves are falling from their branches, but not the Grand Oaks.  They keep their leaves through the winter and shed them in the early spring.  I love how the mature oaks reach out stretching into a canopy-like tunnel through which to travel.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Winter's Passion "Twinkling City Lights"

24"x30" Oil on Canvas

Hagan Fine Art is featuring my work in a Show entitled, "Winter's Passion" and this is one of mine . . . Downtown Charleston during the Holidays is so magical and beautiful!

AVAILABLE AT www.haganfineart.com under "Guest Artists" then click on "Mary Hoffman"

"Huddled From The Wind" SOLD

24"x30" Oil on Canvas   SOLD

The Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio on State Street in Historic Downtown Charleston is featuring some of my work on December 6th 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  This is one of the pieces for the show: another for the Shore Birds Series.  Come on out, I'd love to meet you there!


Thursday, November 07, 2013

A New Painting

"Grand Old Oak"  8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel

I will indeed re-take this picture since I took it on a cloudy day under incandescent lighting.  But I wanted to show how excited I am about being so productive on the easel today!!  (thanks, kids!)

"Sullivan's Sycamore Tree" SOLD

8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel  SOLD

Painted En Plein Air ~ I loved the compliment colors of the orange-y green leaves next to the brilliant blue sky.