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Monday, October 30, 2017

"October Sweetgrass"


6"x8" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel

October Sweetgrass was painted en plein air on location at Alhambra Hall Park in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant.  This view is of the edge of the park overlooking Charleston Harbor. 
The day was perfect (and almost chilly!) painting out with artist friends and catching up since the previous weeks' weather was so hot and humid and kept us busy in our studios.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Church Street Carriage Tour" SOLD


10"x8" Oil on Linen Panel sold 

While walking around the French Quarter of historic Downtown Charleston, SC, one of Charleston's charming signature sights inspired another painting!

Sold through the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401

www.haganfineart.com

Friday, September 29, 2017

"St Michaels Church" SOLD


7"x5" Oil on Linen Panel  sold

Standing near the corner of Queen Street on Meeting Street I painted this en plein air looking toward the St. Michael's Church at the Four Corners at Broad & Meeting Streets.  I went back into this and "polished" it up a bit.  I'll try to post the final painting.

sold at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

"Rockville Road" SOLD


8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel  sold

Love this charming village which time forgot!  Thanks to my artist friend, Elizabeth Middour 
(check her out on instagram @greenshuttermtp) invited a couple of us to paint with her in her neighborhood here.  
It's such a pleasant place.

Sold through the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

"Amazing Grace"


28"x22" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

Oh my goodness, is she just the most beautiful woman ever?
I was minding my own business one day at the UPS store shipping paintings to clients when in comes this gorgeous woman to do some of her own shipping.  She is breath-takingly beautiful!  There were a few minutes for me to battle in my mind about how I was to approach or not approach her to ask if she would be willing to model for a portrait. . . finally I had nothing to lose, pulled out one of my business cards, walked up to her, introduced myself and finished my business and went home.  Two weeks and we arranged this sitting and I am thrilled!!  
She is my new muse.  She inspires me to paint portraits!!
Hoping to post more like these of her for you!

"Quiescent Ardor"


30"x40" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

Over the Ashley River was one of the most dramatic sunsets I've ever witnessed!  
The color that the setting sun creates in the lowcountry sky is beyond amazing.

available at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

"Melodramatic Marsh"


24"x30" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

I witnessed an isolated thunderstorm and lightening within a small cluster of clouds just about a mile or two away from me.  I took out my camera and as I hit the shutter I captured a burst of lightening from within the clouds.  That was a wonderful surprise.  I turned it into this painting.

available at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC 29401

www.haganfineart.com

"Evening Melody"



 28"x22" Oil  on Belgian Linen Canvas

One of my favorite locations to paint en plein air is the Shem Creek Park in Mount Pleasant, SC

available at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com



"Afternoon Marsh"



30"x24" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

The Lowcountry skies are spectacular all throughout the day, but the later the better for dramatic cloud formations. This year has been great for capturing on canvas fantastic clouds!

available at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC 29401

www.haganfineart.com

"Rockville Oak"


30"x24" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

Rockville South Carolina is a charming coastal town that leaves you feeling as if you've stepped back in time.  Many of the roads are not yet paved and the homes are over a century old.  
This sleepy, quiet community is dreamy and has yet to be discovered by progress. 
Just as the residents would have it.

This particular road leads back to one of the small local churches; a white clapboard structure which can be found beyond and to the right of this ancient oak tree.

"Half Moon Bay" The Cove at Half Moon Bay California


30"x40" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

This is the scene from where my husband and I stayed while visiting the pumpkin capital of the country, Half Moon Bay, CA.  This is actually one of the fairways of the golf course there.  

available at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

"View From My Room"


8"x10" Oil on Linen Panel

painted en plein air from my balcony while visiting San Diego in April.
available at 

Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

"La Jolla"


24"x30" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

Oh wow, my first time visiting southern California (San Diego) was in April and when my friends and I traveled to enjoy a beautiful sunset dinner at La Jolla I fell in love!  
Exciting to me is the craggy rock and the color of the distant peninsula created by the salty, sea mist in the atmosphere.  You just don't get vistas like this in the lowcountry! 

"Foggy Maine Lighthouse"


14"x11" Oil on Linen Panel

available at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street 
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

"Big Orange Pail - Pretty in Pink Series" SOLD


22"x28" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas  sold

sold at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

"Big Green Pail - Pretty in Pink Series"


22"x28" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

available at Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

"Follow Along" SOLD


12"x12" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas sold

One of my favorite things to paint!

"Looking Glass" SOLD









 12"x12" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas  SOLD

Sweet little Sandpipers on the beach.  I love how they look as if they are observing their own reflection in the watery sand.

SOLD at The Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC 29401

www.haganfineart.com






Friday, September 08, 2017

"Together Again" SOLD



12"x12" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

painting this as a commission for some fine folks in New York who also get to enjoy these sweet little sanderlings on their beaches as well.

"Longitude Lane" SOLD


10"x8" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel  sold

This is the world's prettiest alley; a driveway worthy of becoming a picturesque painting.  
This view is the very end of Longitude Lane where it ends as a pedestrian walkway 
into Meeting Street.
I had to stand/paint in a location out of the way of those preparing for Hurricane Irma: covering windows with shutters and plywood. 
 As I painted, the whirrr of handsaws and hammers could be heard all around.  
On a usual quiet and empty alley, cars were in and out of their garages, packing and preparing.  So I had to stay out of the way.  
Luckily, the pedestrian part was pretty too.

"Moses - Raising Awareness for Homeless Vets"


10"x8" Oil on Linen Panel

I met Richard while I was painting downtown on Thursday.  He approached me and my painting friend joking that he would love to pose for a painting but he couldn't pay us; he had such great character that I had to paint his portrait! 
So we made arrangements to meet up the following morning so he could sit for me and I could paint him.  He made such a fine model and I hope to paint many more like these.

While he sat for me we were able to get to know one another.  
He described his days as a US Marine, his years growing up in Charleston and on his family's Summerville farm, and his time as a homeless man in Charleston.  
He started the tent village near the I-26 overpass with just he and a friend, it began with two tents and grew to a small village.  He started the tent village because he wanted to help his buddy avoid the harassment experienced from some in the homeless shelter.  He fought and worked with diligence to find homes for his fellow homeless mates.  He found a home for every single one of them and thus was dubbed the name, "Moses," for he led his friends out of their bondage into their promised land.

"St Michaels Church" A quick plein air sketch SOLD



7"x5" Oil on Linen Panel  sold

On Thursday September 7th the weather was cool and sunny and less humid.  
There was nothing going to keep me away from getting outside to paint!

This is a view of Meeting Street looking down toward Broad Street (the "4 Corners").
I was near the corner of Queen and Meeting Streets.

sold at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

"Discovering Together"


14"x11" Oil on Belgian Linen Panel

The sweetness that a mother's love conveys to her baby and the bond they share is so precious!  
Safe in her mother's arms, I wanted to portray the connection between baby and mommy as they discover the ocean's endless-ness together.

"A Sweet, Kind Soul"


28"x22" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

A downtown Charleston fixture.  
This man is ready with a smile and his smile lights up the room!  
He truly is a sweet, kind soul.

"A Girl & Her Pony"


28"x22" Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas

This is a portrait of a young woman and her award-winning pony.  She and he have worked so hard to earn so many ribbons in so many different categories.  
This young woman has been the catalyst to their winnings because she was the one to train him since she was a little girl (I want to say 6 or 7 years old).  She is now about 16 years old and has "out grown" him (she is too tall to compete with him as he is just a small pony).
So we memorialized their sweet relationship in this portrait.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A FREE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING!!

You can help me build my audience for my new website.
In turn, I want to give you one of my personal favorite paintings I painted en plein air during the 2017 Joy Garden Tour.  This garden was located at the top of a mountain with views of three major mountains and three states!! (North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina; Chimney Rock Mountain, Rock Mountain and Whiteside Mountain - which I was told as I painted Whiteside that it is the world's oldest mountain!)



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A winning name will be randomly drawn on Thursday August 31, 2017

Winner will be notified by email on Monday September 4, 2017

The prize value is $550.00 and cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for anything other than the actual prize oil painting. Winner will be notified by email and has up to 30 days to respond to redeem prize.  If after 30 days the winner has not responded then another name will be drawn and that winner will be notified via email and will have an additional 30 days to respond in order to receive prize.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

"Old Village Charm" SOLD


8"x10" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel SOLD

Another day in one of my favorite plein air painting spots and I just had to capture the entire scene which makes my heart sing. . . but you still have to visit to know what I mean.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

"The Pearly Gates II" SOLD


12"x9" Oil on Linen Panel sold

The entrance to one of the most lovely places on earth where memories are made 
and dreams can come true.


"Jennifer Portrait Sketch"


12"x9" Oil on Linen Canvas

I am fortunate to have friends who are willing to sit for a quick sketch.
available at the 
Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
www.haganfineart.com

"Petite Ballerina"


12"x12" Oil on Linen Canvas nfs

A dear, dear friend of mine and my husband has two cute little girls.  When I saw the photograph of their youngest in her recital garb holding the bouquet of roses to congratulate her on her first performance, I HAD to paint it!
The cuteness abounds and the expression says volumes with this one!!

"Shaded Hydrangeas"


8"x10" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel 
painted on location in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant, SC

Available at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston, SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

Monday, June 19, 2017

"Jazz Quartet" SOLD


"Jazz Quartet" 9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel
sold at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio


For our Wedding Anniversary, my sweet husband and I celebrated with an intimate dinner 
at one of Charleston's finest restaurants, the Charleston Grill 
located within the Charleston Place Hotel in the heart of town.
There, we enjoyed the smooth sounds of a great Jazz group.  
I couldn't resist taking their pictures to memorialize the lovely evening.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"All to Myself" SOLD


9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel  

It's a rare and wonderful occasion to find yourself at the beach and have it all to yourself!!

SOLD through the
Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
www.haganfineart.com

"Old Village Charm" SOLD



8"x10" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel sold

My second plein air painting of today. . . I am inlove with this little village.  The Old Village of Mount Pleasant, SC is so charming and attractive.  While my friend and I were painting a couple visiting the area approached us as they walked their Chesapeake Retriever and we made new friends!  It's the charm of this place!

"Diggin' It"


16"x20" Oil on Linen Canvas

While at the beach plein air painting a few years ago, I brought along my son to play while I worked.  He looked so cute that I paused from my painting to snap a few shots of him.  When I returned to the studio to observe my photos this one grabbed me as if to say, "Paint Me!" and so here it is.  

My heart is to convey the awesomeness of life through the innocence of children at play, especially at the beach.  Don't limit me with the innocence of "children" at play; no, what makes my heart sing is the revelation of people and families and animals living life in quiet joy.  That joyful amusement speaks volumes to me and tells the story of the sweet essence of Life in the midst of turmoil and chaos.  I choose to see the beauty and the Love and the Joy of Life; which is, after all, a choice.  I want to point to It in my paintings and remind the viewer what Life is really all about.  I hope that it brings ultimate joy to you as it does to me.

Available at the Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio
177 King Street
Charleston, SC  29401

www.haganfineart.com

"Anticipation"



9"x12" Oil on Linen Panel
available at Mountain Mist Gallery
www.mountainmistgallery.com
David Berger, owner/curator Mailing address: 40 Perennial Dr., PO Box 2228 Cashiers, NC 28717 Phone: 828-743-1801
Camp Merrie-Woode is an all girls summer camp which holds promise of memory-making activities and friends.  Overlooking the entire camp grounds is a granite-faced mountain named, "Old Bald."
The day in which parents drop off their campers is a very exciting one.  Parents and campers arrive in the early hours before the "Pearly Gates" open to usher the new session and wait at what is known as the "drop off site."  The iconic and gigantic Old Bald is the first to welcome you and waits along with you from across the expanse of Lake Fairfield.
This will mark my daughter's fourth session at Camp Merrie-Woode and I can say from experience that it doesn't matter how many times one has been here, the excitement of beginning a new session at Camp Merrie-Woode never lessens the feeling of great Anticipation.

"The Pearly Gates of Camp Merrie-Woode" SOLD


11"x14" Oil on Linen Panel sold

The Pearly Gates of Camp Merrie-Woode is the gateway to
many memories and life experiences of girls for nearly 100 years. 

"The Path Which Leads Me Home" SOLD

12"x12" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel sold

On location at the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, I stood near the Ashley River which would have been traditionally the "front door" of the Magnolia Home.  This path leads visitors from the river up to the house.  These enormous reaching Water Oaks provide lovely shade along the path which is also dotted by colorful azalea bushes.

"A Portrait Sketch"

PrismaColor Pencil on 24"x18" Cansen MiTentes Paper
A faithful client/collector commissioned me to sketch one of her many beautiful Grandchildren

Plein Air Paintings From San Diego's PACE (Plein Air Convention & Expo) 2017

 "Cascading Bougainvillea" 8"x6" Oil on Linen Panel NFS






 "Rocky Bougainvillea" 12"x9" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel NFS




"View From My Room" 8"x10" Plein Air Oil on Linen Panel