The LOWCOUNTRY BLUES Collection

Original paintings inspired by the South Carolina/Georgia Lowcountry, a magical, rich area full of sights and scents that you can’t find anywhere else on earth
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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!

From the Studio

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...

The Scent of the Lowcountry

The Scent of the Lowcountry6 x 6"Oil on panel I've always relaxed and let me breath out a notch when I get back to the Lowcountry and can smell that rich earthy aroma of the mud.Everybody in my very large and extended family on the island...

Marsh, Late Afternoon

Marsh, Late Afternoon 8 x 10" Oil on panel  From The Lowcountry Collection by Mary Bentz Gilkerson, inspired by sights and scents of the South Carolina/Georgia Lowcountry, a magical rich area full of captivating odors - salty air, hot sun...

The Lowcountry: Marsh, Late Afternoon

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.

We Get to Choose Our Own Success Path in Art

Hey there. You know what? The old art world that we grew up with, those of us who went to school got degrees, BFA and MFA. That world is gone. The world they taught us about when we were in college, it doesn't exist anymore. You know the one where there's...

3 Signs That It’s Time To Start A Daily Painting Practice

There are 3 signs that I see over and over again that are a sure fire indicator that it’s time to start a daily painting practice. The first is not making time to paint because of being overwhelmed by an already full schedule. The second is feeling trapped...

What Artists REALLY Want

I spent a week at one of my favorite conferences at the beginning of the month - a marketing conference but so much more.One of the things that we were challenged to think about was how we define success...And that got me thinking about how we as artists...

How to Decide What to Paint

Hey there. I had a conversation with one of my students this week that I just had to share because it's one I've had with so many students, so I think maybe you'll be able to relate. What she asked me about was finding something to paint that inspired her....

What’s the Secret to Becoming a Successful Artist?

What do we mean by being a success in art?The key to that question is knowing what success means to you. You can’t create a success path unless you know what success means for you. Otherwise you won’t have any idea of where you’re going or how to get...