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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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…

Morning on the Creek, Tybee

A quiet backwater creek at high tide on Tybee Island in early morning light. Time on the Sea Islands, whether you're on Edisto in SC, Tybee or St. Simons in GA, is measured by the rise and fall of the tides. The ocean breathes in and the tide goes out leaving mud...

About Painting…

Keeping Paints from Drying Out On the Palette

How to Save Paint without Putting It in the Freezer or Refrigerator   Have you ever been told to put your palette in the refrigerator or freezer so your paint wouldn’t dry out between sessions? I’m betting you have. This is such common advice, and although well...

Why You Should Use a Toned Ground

One of the best ways to speed up your process, and unify your painting all in one go is to use a toned ground. And as an added bonus, you bypass some of the difficulties that are present when you're faced with a blank white canvas. In today's Quick Tip session, I'm...

The Taste of Cobalt Blue

I made this painting recently based on a study that I did down on the Edisto Island a couple of years ago in the fall. October is one of my favorite times of year to be on the Island. The light then is spectacular. The color of the sky and the ocean becomes this rich,...

The #1 Thing Thriving Successful Artists Know

What do thriving successful artists know that gives them an edge?

They know their painting why – how they define success for themselves as artists.

Are You Ignoring An Important Voice?

But if you’re not listening to your own creative voice, then you’re holding back on the rest of the world because the truth is you have.