Kathleen Billis’s Paintings for 8 x 8

“Whether I am in the East or out West, I am always awed by the natural beauty everywhere, and the almost mystical experience of becoming part of your environment while painting outside… Plein air painting for me is putting all of that into the painting, the weather, bugs, animals, beauty, and spirit.”

Originally trained in ballet, Kathleen Billis turned to painting after owning an art gallery in Virginia and meeting her husband, Maine artist Mitch Billis.

“I’ve had to battle rheumatoid arthritis since age 15, so I guess I’m sort of an overachiever to compensate. I feel like it’s almost an asset to me now. I had to give up dancing, and nothing compelled my total attention and motivation, until I met Mitch and began painting again.”

Kathleen paints in the plein air tradition of turn of the century impressionists. While some finish work may be completed in the studio, it is about capturing a special moment or feeling of place that can’t be experienced again in just the same way.

August Sail

Crosbys

Early Evening Charleston

Folly Beach Sunset

Late Morning Sun

Low Tide

Queen Annes Lace

Rockville Shrimpboats

* all paintings are oil and are 8″ x 8″

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About martingallerycharleston

Martin Gallery strives to bring some of the finest artists in a variety of fields together under one roof. Upon entering the historic Grand Salon of Martin Gallery, one experiences a soaring space filled with the exquisite color and texture of oils, acrylics, bronzes, marbles, terra-cottas and richly hued glass. Martin Gallery features contemporary art, representing more than thirty nationally and internationally renowned artists. Our goal is to provide works of thoughtful beauty to enhance residential and commercial surroundings. Our belief in the quality of the work that our artists produce is what drives us, and our excellent client relationships are what sustain us. Martin Gallery is located at 18 Broad Street on the corner of State and Broad Streets, in the Grand Salon of the historic People’s Building.
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