The Smalls Collection
I’ve pulled together a selection of the small paintings, some of my favorites.
These paintings range in size from 4 x 6″ to 8 x 10″, and a few long ones, one of my favorite formats to work with since it emphasizes the strong horizontals of the flat country I love to paint.
A small painting makes the perfect gift for family and friends.
Happy Holidays! ~ Mary
Golden Fall, Botany Bay

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…

Dawn Light, Edisto

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…

Under Summer Clouds

Under Summer Clouds

It’s ironic that under summer storm clouds colors look more intense without the sun to bleach them out. The humidity doesn’t cloud the atmosphere…

Summer, Morning Storm

Summer, Morning Storm

Summer Morning Storm 5 x 7" Oil on panel A sudden heavy burst of rain moves across the summer hay fields... $325.00 (unframed) + $15.00 shipping  

Winter Sunset, Minervaville // SOLD

Winter Sunset, Minervaville // SOLD

Today is the shortest day of the year, and the longest night.

Winter Solstice.

I love the winter light, but not the cold, so I’m celebrating the return of the light.

And lots more beautiful winter light before the return of spring.

Early Fall Afternoon

Early Fall Afternoon

“Early Fall Afternoon”, oil, 6 x 8”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson
Fall is my absolute favorite time of year to paint outside. The light is spectacular and the…

Winter Mist Rising // SOLD

Winter Mist Rising // SOLD

A mist rises over the hayfields in the cool of the evening after a warm afternoon. Here in the Deep South we can have a 30-40 degree difference between day and night even in winter.

Mivervaville Evening, Summer

Mivervaville Evening, Summer

$325 (unframed) + $10 shipping and handling   The last of the light along Minervaville Road on a late summer/early fall evening. Bands of distant storm clouds catch the  last of the sun. The deep blue greens of high summer are...

Dawn Clouds

Dawn Clouds

The first morning light gives a silvery light to the clouds in the western sky and reflect across the flooded marshes. Full high tide and morning light…

Late Afternoon Light, Edisto Island

Late Afternoon Light, Edisto Island

The last blaze of intense light on a late winter/early spring afternoon on Edisto Island. The marshes along Fishing Creek are subdued, without their summertime glaring greens.

Fall Light, Wavering Place

Fall Light, Wavering Place

Fall has reached the South with that beautiful golden light that saturates the landscape.

This past week I painted at Wavering Place in Lower Richland…

Edisto Palmetto

Edisto Palmetto

I was just down there in September to teach a plein air painting workshop. This was the first one of the workshop, done at a friend’s house along…

Early Morning, Scott Creek // SOLD

Early Morning, Scott Creek // SOLD

The early morning light over Scott Creek is always gorgeous, rain or shine. On this morning the sky was clear and filled with the warm light of fall.

Streaming Clouds

Streaming Clouds

$650 (unframed) + $20 shipping and handling This is a time of year when there's almost a cacophony of greens, from grasses to bushes to evergreens and seasonal foliage. In spring and summer it's all out. It's also a time of year for rain...

Wise Lake, Evening

Wise Lake, Evening

Sometimes there’s some part of the mystery of earth, water and sky that still needs to find expression. That’s what I found with the painting of Wise Lake.

Elm Savannah Spring

Elm Savannah Spring

"Elm Savannah Spring", oil, 7 x 5", © Mary Bentz Gilkerson $325 (unframed) + $15 shipping How can a backroad named Elm Savannah be anything but intriguing?! I’ve painted this rising curve in the road several times but each time the...

Weston Fields, Winter Sunset

Weston Fields, Winter Sunset

That moment when the sun has gone down and the sky is ablaze. Fall and winter skies are some of my favorites! Mango-colored skies is what author Dottie Frank called them. And she was so very right.

Fall, Grove at Sunset

Fall, Grove at Sunset

$325 (unframed) + $15 shipping/handling What is that blue stuff overhead?! We’ve finally got some blue sky overhead and it’s making me giddy!! The strong sunlight at the end of the day made a great streak of light green across the field...

Fall Sunset // $325

Fall Sunset // $325

$325 (unframed) + $15 shipping and handling This was painted right at the autumnal equinox, the beginning of fall. Both the sky and the land are taking on the colors of the season. This sunset has both.

Weston Fields, Late Summer

Weston Fields, Late Summer

$325 (unframed) + $15 shipping/handling There’s a blue haze in late summer/early fall that gets between the tree line and your line of sight, especially when there’s been a good bit of rain. Backlighting sets the edges of the clouds...