See Through
an Artist’s Eyes!

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

In my latest adventure I’ve been deep in the SC/GA Lowcountry, creating my latest daily painting project.

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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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Paintings…

Pines on Bank

 “Pines On Bank”, oil on panel, 7 x 5″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson $325 (unframed) + $15 shipping

Storm over the Salt Marsh

“Storm over the Salt Marsh”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

The captivating odor of salty air, hot sun on warm cedars and pines, and the rich tang of pluff mud.

Golden Fall, Botany Bay

“Golden Fall, Botany Bay”, oil, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson The golden fall light paints the marshes of Botany Bay with rich color beyond the…

Spanish Hammock, Tybee Island

“Spanish Hammock, Tybee”, oil, Racing clouds cast strong patterns of light and shadows across both Spanish Hammock and the distant marsh on Tybee Island…

Dawn Light, Edisto

​“Dawn Light, Edisto”, oil, 5 x 7″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson I love the pre-dawn early morning light. I’ve stayed in a house on Scott Creek on Edisto…

About Painting…

How Do I Sell Art Online

What’s the single most important thing other than your art, if you want to sell art online? Hint: it’s not your website. Or your email list... Or even your social media. That one thing? It's an audience of Ideal Collectors. And in today's video I'm gonna explain what...

How to NOT be a Starving Artist & Thrive Instead

Have you ever heard the phrase “Starving Artist”? I’ll bet you have.Myths about what it means to be an artist have been around as long as…

How to Know You’re an Artist

Have you ever wondered what makes you an artist? How to know if you are one?? I"ve got a great free FB group ART+WORK+LIVING, and they shared some of their ideas on a post recently. Some are external signs that the rest of the world notices like having a bit of paint...

How Color Creates Light

In the picture, color creates the light. - Hans Hofmann Creating light is about knowing how to use color. So a student asked me about how to capture the light of a hazy day. Here’s what I told her Look at the colors you see. Paint the value and color masses you see...

How to Overcome the Fear of Failure

Ever been afraid to paint. Afraid to make a bad painting so you just don’t. Been frozen and the voice in your head stuck on a loop…