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Welcome!

 

It's wonderful to be an artist living in Upstate South Carolina.  I've lived my entire life in the South.  I started out life in NC, was schooled in SC, worked a long time in GA and now I'm back to SC.  I've made a full circle.

 

As a region, the South is people, places, religion, land and architecture - old and new. This region offers me a visual opportunity to create a pictorial translation in a mix of media: collage, acrylic painting, and drawing. Working with a planned color palette, theme and collage elements, I use shape, texture and color to interrupt a painting and pivot a piece in an unexpected direction. I want to create a moment in time to pause and consider. Even though my work is not completely representational, it evokes the scene or the subject and the feel of the moment.

 

My works are usually landscapes. I use color blocks of cut paper and other materials. These mixed media works are produced on canvas, paper or wood panels. Modified colors and textures are painted or printed in acrylic.  Wet or dry charcoal sticks are used and abstracted forms are added in paper or fabric. Acrylic mediums and varnishes or oil sticks, oil varnish and cold wax are sometimes used to complete the pieces.

I am working to build a body of work  for art shows, gallery events and sales. Bay 3 Artisan Gallery at the Anderson Arts Center in Anderson, SC is a co-op gallery where I am currently showing artwork. The gallery can be reached at bay3artisangallery@gmail.com  .  Applications for grants and residencies are being sought and would allow me more time and opportunity to create.  Please contact me with inquiries about works or commissions on the contact page.  I'd love to hear from you!

2020 - Planning for the Year Ahead

2019 has flown by and I'm focusing on plans to create a series in tribute to St. John Henry Newman. Newman was a prolific theologian and writer.  My body of landscape works will include plein air and studio creations and will  be centered around a prayer for the working person, the aged or anyone who is thinking about the day that passed. It is entitled:

Peace At Last

O Lord, support us all day long,
til the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then in your mercy,
grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest,
and peace at last. Amen.

 

The Oil Mill on the Tracks Series - 2019

The plant produced oils for industry and played a role in the war effort during WWII. In the past, machinery pulsed within the mill, generating oils for shipment. The train cars picked up the oil in tanks and sent it down the tracks.  The mill is a monument to the work having been done; a memorial to a time gone by.

I like  old places.  It makes me think about what work people used to do and how they lived. The intense southern sunlight glared at this old place and prompted me to create what I saw in my mind's eye. Throughout its history and to the present day, the U.S. has connected its vast regions with tracks and trains during times of peace and war.  Trains are loaded with goods and people; the rhythmic pulse of commerce.

 

Today, the train comes through a few times a day and night. One can almost hear the lonesome horn. There are municipalities all across the South. Some are sparsely populated towns and some are big cities; the tracks weave them together. 

 

Most towns have churches, depots, mills and factories from an era gone by. In some towns, these buildings are being repurposed.   

In Pendleton, old commercial structures are next to residences, churches and cemeteries. Built at the turn of the last century, the old cottonseed oil mill is a group of colorful, decaying structures. Its siding dented and peeling from the framework.

 

The plant produced oils for industry and played a role in the war effort during WWII. In the past, machinery pulsed within the mill, generating oils for shipment. The train cars picked up the oil in tanks and sent it down the tracks.  The mill is a monument to the work having been done; a memorial to a time gone by.

This run down mill is causing a lot of people distress in our town.  It is literally falling down. The reality of the mill's decay made me start thinking about making art in a different way.  I'm not sure what the future will bring for the oil mill and our town, I have just tried to recreate a moment in time.

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