Available Paintings

Below the Corn

It’s an odd feeling to drive a narrow road between two cornfields with the sea of green stalks rising up over you. Almost overnight the corn in the…

Backroad in Sun and Shadow

There's something magical about summer, whether it's the longer days, rich greens, trips to the beach, or the smell after a thunderstorm. The lightning bugs have been plentiful this year, whizzing around the yard at dusk, dancing little lights....

Heathwood, Spring Morning

“Heathwood, Spring Morning”, oil, 8 x 10”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson
Early morning spring light looking out over the fields surrounding Heathwood Hall.

Thoreau said, “One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the spring come in.”

Heathwood Fields, Early Morning

“Heathwood Fields, Early Morning”, oil, 6 x 8”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson
I’ve spent the week painting with a group of Heathwood Hall high school students this week, pure pleasure!

We focused on painting the landscape outside with a painting in the morning, turn the easel at lunch, and a painting in the afternoon.

Fall, Afternoon Light

  I painted this standing in the field back in November when the fall color on the leaves was at it’s peak. It’s as if the natural world goes into color overdrive in preparation for the winter’s rest. It was a warm day with lots of changes in the cloud patterns and...

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…

Fields in Fall Light

“Fields in Fall Light”, oil, 5 x 7”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson
Low angled fall light hits the fields along Minervaville with raking, warm light.

This may be my favorite time of year. I probably say that about every time of year, but I’m really in love with the red-orange hue that covers the world at this time of year.

Winter Mist Rising

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.

Minervaville Road, Fall Shadows

“Minervaville Road, Fall Shadows”, oil, 6 x 8″, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson
The clear light of fall afternoons creates strong patterns of light and dark …

Fall Mist Rising

A warm fall day means mist rising off the ground as soon as the sun goes down. Wisps and waves of mist float across open fields and pastures overtaking everything in its path. They seem to meander every which way. When I was a child, those mists were scary things, the...