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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!


Red Cedar, Dunes

Red cedars standing strong deep in the dunes.Cedars are one of the few trees/shrubs that thrive directly on the beach…

St. Helena Sound, Storm Clouds

Even a cloudy day is interesting over St. Helena Sound. A silvery grey day with scudding clouds and soft light. Spending a week painting on Edisto Island. Lots of changing light and the occasional early morning visitor.

Rice Fields, Storm Clouds

  I’ve been preoccupied with all that goes along with splitting my time now between Savannah, GA and Columbia, SC. Not sure why I thought that was going to be easy! Can you relate? But I've still been doing a lot of plein air work as the summer has moved into...

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...

About Painting…

Selling Your Art: Where to Start

In the last episode I talked about the top 3 reasons why you should want to sell your paintings: 1- You’ll make more money 2- You’ll make better paintings 3- You’ll build a relationship with an audience for your work Hands down, most of the questions and responses...

Are You Ready to Start Selling Your Paintings?

In my last video I talked about whether the style you work in matters in making sales from your artwork. But maybe you’re not even sure you WANT to sell your work. I hear lots of reasons why artists say they don’t want to sell their work. Emotional attachment to...

Does Style Matter in Selling Your Art?

Have you wondered if the style that you paint in - representation, abstraction, impressionism, expressionism, etc. -  matters in selling your art? In other words, does one style sell better than another? The truth is the art world has changed. There isn’t actually...

3 Liberating Truths that Kill the Myth of the Starving Artist

Paulo Coelho: “If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: NEVER LIE TO YOURSELF.” So…what’s a liberating truth? It’s the opposite of a limiting belief. If a limiting belief holds you back, a liberating truth sets you free. That liberating truth...

Creativity Hack #7: Follow Your Curiosity

A strong driving force can be a great motivator to creativity. But some of them I hear talked about are not going to work as well as others. Market vs…