“Cedars on the Dunes” Oil on panel, 6 x 6”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

Back when I started my first daily painting project I was profoundly homesick for the Lowcountry, for the SC/GA coastal plain where the skies are enormous, the marshes wide open, and the air smells of salt and pluff mud.

But I was “stuck” back then, in more ways than one, in a totally different environment. To get unstuck, I decided to paint my way out of it by painting the landscape I was in everyday.

It worked. I ended up falling in love with where I was.

AND now here I am spending most of my time back in the Lowcountry as a result.

I’ve started another daily painting project and you guessed, all focused on the rich gumbo that’s the culture of the Lowcountry.

I’m sharing sneak peeks of these paintings with my VIP email list first.

The strength and resilience of the cedars that hold down the sand dunes drew me in for this first in the project. But the old rice fields and marshes are calling too.

You may not be able to travel to the Lowcountry right now, but I can bring the Lowcountry to you.

Stay resilient, my friend! Just like the cedars.

And wash your hands.

~Mary

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