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 collection in late November!

Evening Light, Edisto

The SC Sea Islands are magical! Just imagine broad wide open marshes flickering with reflected light from a myriad of tiny creeks running through them. Skies so wide open you can watch storms roll in from miles away. And then there are the hundreds of live oak and...

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…

Distant Rain

Summer storm clouds have a tendency to be dramatic with lots of upsweeping drama and downsweeping rain. As much as I love to watch summer storms, they can be intense and frightening as they release the energy built up from our heat.

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, Morning Haze

“Heathwood Fields, Morning Haze”, oil, 8 x 10”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson
Morning haze blended with the smoke from a controlled burn to create perfect diffused light.

A cool but beautiful day to be painting outside with artist friends and a great group of high school students at Heathwood Hall.

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.

Paintings Are Never-Ending Stories

Paintings tell stories. Even when they’re not narratives.

I know that sounds odd coming from someone whose main subject is landscape, but here’s what I mean.

I’ve had a small stash of my daily paintings pulled out for the last month as I get my piece ready for Art Fields…

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…