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.
The Lowcountry (one word, capitalized) is a magical rich area full of sights and scents that you can’t find anywhere else on earth.
The scent of the Lowcountry… A captivating odor of salty air, hot sun on warm cedars and pines, and the fecund rich tang of pluff mud…
A land full of water, creeks and rivers that mark the time by the rise and fall of the tides.
Sea islands that march from Charleston to Savannah facing the winds of the Atlantic.
A land full of ghosts, a liminal place where the separation between the worlds gets thin at times.
Pat Conroy captured it perfectly in The Prince of Tides, “To describe our growing up in the low country of South Carolina, I would have to take you to the marsh on a spring day, flush the great blue heron from its silent occupation, scatter marsh hens as we sink to our knees in mud, open you an oyster with a pocketknife and feed it to you from the shell and say, ‘There. That taste. That’s the taste of my childhood.’ ”
That taste of the Lowcountry has been in my mouth and in my studio since January.
There’s no where better to catch the Lowcountry flavor than Edisto Island and Savannah, and these are some of my favorite places to paint.
UPDATE 6/2020: I’m kicking off a new daily painting project focused on the rich gumbo that is the Lowcountry. You can click the button below too join my VIP email list and get sneak peeks and previews!
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.
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