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Welcome! I’m Mary Gilkerson, an artist obsessed with capturing color & light in my paintings.
My fascination for the way that light moves through the natural world keeps me deeply connected to the spaces and places I move through on a daily basis.
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See Through
an Artist’s Eyes!

Come along with me as I chase light, color, and clouds across the landscape.

In my latest adventure I’ve been deep in the SC Lowcountry, creating a new collection of paintings.

Join me on this journey and get sneak peeks (~ 3x/ week) and a special VIP preview of the new collections when they're released!


Summer Greens

We’re deep in the midst of summer greens here in the Lowcountry!

I haven’t been able to paint outside for a month, the longest I’ve gone without it for ages.

Tybee Afternoon Light

| TYBEE AFTERNOON LIGHT | Oil on panel 5 x 7” $325.00 (unframed) + $10.00 shipping The south end of Tybee Island gives wide open views of the ocean in one direction, and a row of barrier islands in the other. I painted...

The Scent of the Lowcountry

The Scent of the Lowcountry6 x 6"Oil on panel I've always relaxed and let me breath out a notch when I get back to the Lowcountry and can smell that rich earthy aroma of the mud.Everybody in my very large and extended family on the island...

Marsh, Late Afternoon

Marsh, Late Afternoon 8 x 10" Oil on panel  From The Lowcountry Collection by Mary Bentz Gilkerson, inspired by sights and scents of the South Carolina/Georgia Lowcountry, a magical rich area full of captivating odors - salty air, hot sun...

The Lowcountry: Marsh, Late Afternoon

I got stopped dead in my tracks by a question not long ago.

“What’s the low country?”

For anyone raised below the Fall Line in South Carolina, the question is unimaginable.

About Painting…

Creativity Hack #5: The Power of Doing Nothing

Daydream. Unplug. Get away. Be bored.

Doing absolutely nothing is a huge reset button for creativity.

Easier said than done though.

Creativity Hack #4: Look For The Extraordinary In The Ordinary

Look for the extraordinary in the ordinary. Don’t wait to find the perfect subject. There’s no such thing as the “perfect” subject. Just paint. &; Get started with the world right in front of you. Cultivate deep seeing and close observation. Look for the beauty...

Creativity Hack #3: Meet Inspiration Halfway

Inspiration isn’t an act of divine genius.It comes from the small daily acts that move us along in the creative process…

Creativity Hack #2: Studio Is A State Of Mind

Studio is a state of mind. One of the keys to developing your own painting practice (or any creative practice for that matter) is creating a space of your own to work in – both a physical and mental/emotional space. Lots of people get all hung up on the physical...

Creativity Hack #1: Walking, The Creative Reset Button

Sometimes you just need to hit the creative reset button…Know what I mean?Creativity takes a LOT of energy, and sometimes that energy is just gone. Burned out…