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Thursday, December 17, 2015

"Blaze's Blue Ribbon"

12"x9" Oil on Linen Panel

I was commissioned to paint this for the proud parents of Blaze's owner, rider, "mommy.'

Sunday, December 13, 2015

"Pitt Street Bridge Marsh I"

9"x12" Plein Air, Alla Prima Oil on Linen Panel

The tide was going out and the long shadows were were shrinking.  The warm colors of the Autumn/Winter Marsh grasses juxtaposed to the cool, lavendars of the sky and water begged to be captured!  I had to work quickly as all of these elements were changing before my eyes!
I love my job!!

"Pitt Street Bridge Marsh II"

8"x8" Plein Air, Alla Prima Oil on Gessoed Cradled Wood

This little cutie was a second of two plein air paintings at the Pitt Street Bridge park.  It was a lovely day to be out painting!

"Archdale Street (Foggy Charleston Morning)" SOLD

12"x9" Plein Air, Alla Prima Oil on Linen Panel   SOLD

High atop the Majestic Square Parking Garage on the corner of King and Market Streets in downtown Charleston is the vantage point of this painting.  The view is spectacular from up here!

"Marsh Study"

8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel

I have been remiss in neglecting to post my recent plein air paintings.  Sullivan's Island Station 26 is the location where I painted this one.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

"Portrait Final Reveal!"

This has been a project that I have been working on for the past 6 months and the final reveal is finally here!
48"x36" Oil on Linen Canvas
 The Bride and I look on. . . 
 My Model and her portrait. . . 

 The proud father of the Bride. . . 
 Final portrait with the sketch I did of the bride from life with which I also worked as a reference for the final.
"Wedding Day" 
48"x36" Oil on Linen Canvas

Monday, November 23, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Artists For Emanuel Fundraiser was an Enormous Success!!

 The original organizers, Hilarie Lambert, Marissa Vogl, Sheryl Stalnaker announcing, and Laurie Meyer

 Katie Kerns Greer also was a huge help as well!  

 Gorgeous Operatic Singing. Sounded like Angels Singing!

 Thanks for all the support! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"Foggy Charleston Morning"

12"x9" Oil on Linen Panel Painted En Plein Air atop the Majestic Square parking garage looking down Archdale Street toward one of Charleston's many historic churches; The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

"Still Life Demo with Vase and Pumpkin"

14"x11" oil on Linen Panel

Last month, in October, I was invited to be the guest speaker and demonstrate a Still Life Painting for the Seabrook Island Artists Guild.  This is the painting I painted as I spoke before a most gracious and hospitable group of artists.  The experience was lovely as I was hosted by Robert and Donna LeFevre.  Thanks to all at the Seabrook Island Artist Guild!

Mother Emanuel Art Auction Fundraiser Begins!

It was a very rainy, dreary day but we all arrived to begin the set-up process of decking-out the Cigar Factory on East Bay Street in Downtown Charleston.  This transformation is turning this unused warehouse-like space into a rustic Urban-Chic Art Gallery in which to host Art Collectors, Musician & Choir Singers, and Artists alike.

 This is the wall containing the 8"x8" originals for sale. 

 Every wall is covered with gorgeous art originals by Charleston's Finest Artists!

This is only the beginning and it is already looking Chi-chic!

 You must see this to believe it!  It's beautiful!

 Everyone is working diligently to get all the artwork up and seen!

 It is almost sad to think that this event will end and all this glorious art will go from this space. . . 
We may have to form another Art Event in this location soon!

Wednesday, November 04, 2015


 Please go to: 
to secure your favorite painting. . . your contribution will honor and help heal those at Mother Emanuel AME Church who tragically lost loved ones this past June. In addition, you will have a beautiful memorial that will forever bring you joy, knowing that you were one who helped.  

 Thank you!

Monday, October 05, 2015

"Everlasting Memorial"

11"x14" Oil on Linen Panel

This will be my donation to the fundraiser, "Artists For Emanuel".

It will be available for online auction starting November 4, 2015.

I am truly humbled by this experience and hope to bring honor to those of Mother Emanuel AME Church. They displayed their love and devotion and their faith in God with their forgiveness despite their pain.  
 It was Wednesday July 1st when I arrived downtown, early, to set up and paint with our Plein Air Painting group that I first saw the church since Dylann Roof opened fire on that fateful night. The Emanuel congregants exercised their true Faith and set the tone for the world when they forgave their attacker instead of retaliate.  The out-pour of love and support by the Charlestonians and out-of-town visitors paying their respects was overwhelming.  There are just no words to describe it; except that it was on display before my eyes in the flowers, momentos,  American Flags and endless visitors paying their respects. . . . I just had to paint that.  I am reminded of the story when Jesus was sitting with his host at a dinner party when all of a sudden a woman came in and broke open an alabaster jar full of very expensive fragrant perfume made of nard and poured it all over Jesus.  At His feet she cried tears and used her hair and kisses to wipe and clean His feet.  It made everyone in attendance angry but Jesus said she did it for His burial. [see Mark 14:3-6] 
Her tribute would be an everlasting memorial to Him.  What I experienced with my heart and saw with my eyes, at the "feet" of Mother Emanuel, was reminiscent of the woman's tribute.  
My heart swells with pride and awe at the humanity of this special church and of the people of this City we call home.
The full story can be read here: Mary's Paintings: July 2015

Thursday, October 01, 2015

"Bringing Flowers - Offering Love"

8"x8" Oil on Linen/Canvas

The day that I was downtown painting with my Plein Air Painting friends, I was witness to the greatest examples of love and compassion as it unfolded before my very eyes in the people who came by to offer what they could to those of Mother Emanuel Church.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Coastal Drama"

9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel

I started this and nearly finished it "en Plein Air" on location at Sullivan's Island station 30.  I snapped a bunch of reference photos and put final touches on it when I returned to the studio.
This particular day was hot and sticky and although it was sunny, you could see by the dramatic cloud formations off shore that there was a storm in our near future.
These kind of cloudy days are so fun to capture on canvas!

"Beach Brothers"

16"x20" Oil on Linen Canvas

This was a commission for a woman whose younger brunette looks a lot like my own son. . . I really enjoy painting these sweet "moments" in time: capturing little ones playing at the beach.  So fun!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


8"x8" Oil on Linen Canvas
Painted En Plein Air on location at Longitude Lane which dead-ends into Meeting Street from East Bay Street near "Rainbow Row."  This is a sweet, little private drive that is home to some of the most beautiful garages and backyard gates that connect to some of the most beautiful homes in historic Downtown Charleston, SC.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

"Kristin" My Portrait Demo for the T.A.G. Portrait Workshop

14"x11" Oil on linen Panel

This is the portrait painting I demonstrated for the Portrait Workshop over the weekend.  Hopefully it shows the values and the temperature of color and all their respected shapes well.

Monday, September 14, 2015

"Wild Dunes" SOLD

11"x14" Plein Air Oil on Canvas painted on location Alla Prima. SOLD
I was standing on the Sullivan's Island beach looking out toward the ocean and the beach rocks.

"The Yorktown Memorial'

12"x12" Oil on Canvas painted En Plein Air on location from the Ravenel Bridge Water Park.

Available at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio 27 1/2 State Street, Charleston, SC  29401

"Plein Air Study of Giant Oak Tree"

6"x8" Oil on Linen Panel

Love trying to capture the gestures of these great trees!

T.A.G. (Trenholm Artist Guild) Portrait Workshop

What a super great group of artists all coming together to work with the model and learn more about painting the portrait!  
I was so honored to have had this privilege of instructing these members of the Trenholm Artist Guild who so graciously invited me to share my knowledge of painting the portrait.
We had such a great time together!
Thanks to Glenda Keyes, Karen Jambrose, Renea, David, Jim, Pete, Noel and Regina!!  You blessed my socks off!