15 April

Vintage Mother and Baby

Vintage Mother and Baby

As I continue to create illustrative pieces for gallery shows, I’ve been looking for more archival alternatives to my standard oil-on-illustration-board method. In this experiment, I’ve sampled water soluble oils on board. Still uncertain whether I like this surface, but glad to have this option. Next challenge: painting larger pieces!

11 April

Houghton College Fine Arts Seminar

I was flattered to be invited as a guest speaker at the Houghton College Fine Arts Seminar in upstate New York.┬áStudents, where faculty and community members attended the presentation about my illustration career. It was such a warm reception and boost to my creative ego! The Houghton art faculty were so influential in my own […]

28 October

Paris Lady Joins the Art Nouveau Collection

Paris Lady Joins the Art Nouveau Collection

After several years of dormancy, I finally completed my “Paris Lady” painting. The original sketch was part of a series developed for an art licensing company in 2008. Somehow the sketch survived five moves, from Atlanta suburb to midtown, then to Charleston where it migrated three more times to our current studio. A good lesson […]

14 June

Pug Portrait

Pug Portrait

As part of my Art Nouveau portrait series, I adapted an sketch study of our pugs, Fiona and Grace. Purposely asymmetrical, I included a vintage wallpaper backdrop with tiny pug silhouettes as part of the motif. Painted in oils, this is the first of hopefully more dog-centric portraits! Luckily I have two very natural models […]

7 May

North Charleston Arts Festival Illustration Exhibit

North Charleston Arts Festival Illustration Exhibit

As part of the annual North Charleston Arts Festival, I was invited to participate in an illustration exhibit at 10 Storehouse Row. The renovated warehouse gallery was a rustic alternative to typical gallery venues. Tim also showcased a wall of illustrations, along with local artists Steve Stegelin and Melanie Florencio. I used this opportunity to […]

5 January

Charleston Scene: Artist of the Week

Charleston Scene: Artist of the Week

My series of small oil portraits (“Tiny Illustrations”) were created for a collaborative art show in Charleston, SC. The work was also featured in an article in the Charleston Post and Courier, as follows: The Post and Courier “Artist of the week: Erin Bennett Banks” January 5, 2012 written by Vikki Matsis Inspired by the […]