Man with a Fish. Homage to Ellis Wilson.

Homage to Ellis Wilson 4x8 oil on canvas © C.Hutson Wrenn

Gullah Fisherman. Thank you Ellis Wilson.

The Gullah people who live on Edisto Island continue to fish, dig for clams and set crab traps. The Gullah fisherman’s legacy is one we cannot dismiss in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The inspiration for this painting of my own was one by African American artist Ellis Wilson, whose work continues to inspire me. His painting was done on plywood in 1945, and is called End of the Day, Man with a Fish. This tiny painting is 4×8″.

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I was called to be an artist. And as an old old midwife said to me "If the Lord wants you to do something, you won't have no good luck' til you do." So, here I am, sharing what I love, longing to illuminate the work of art, which is everywhere.

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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