Southern Reflections - Susan Mayfield Solo Show
Susan Mayfield is an award-winning artist known for her masterful use of color and light in pastel and oil paintings. Her expressive paintings convey powerful energy and contrast with subtle passages of quiet and calmness. Mayfield was raised in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and now divides her time between the high mountain desert & big open skies of Colorado, and the semitropical coastline of SC; finding inspiration in the dynamic contrasts between these two places. Living 2000 miles from the Lowcountry has given Mayfield a new appreciation for the landscape of her native state, with its abundance of marshes, barrier islands and rivers heavy with atmosphere. Her most recent paintings are inspired by these evocative places.
Mayfield describes her recent work: "These recent pastels of the Lowcountry were painted during the deep winter in my Colorado studio, while the snow was falling and the temperatures never got much above 40 degrees. The winter in Colorado is an excellent time to work on projects, to write, journal, create and to paint. It is also the time of year I miss most about my native state of South Carolina. These images are from places that are important to me, places that inspire me, places that haunt me with memories and beauty, places named for long gone Native American tribes, Edisto, Ashepoo, Etiwan, Hobcaw, places where I grew up and where I raised my children, places of solace and sorrow, and of great joy, landscapes of my winter daydreams."
Join the Dare Gallery, 31 Broad Street, Charleston in welcoming Susan home with an opening reception for this new body of work, Southern Reflections on April 7, 2023 from 5-8 pm during the Charleston Gallery Association April 2023 Artwalk. This show will run through April 28.