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SPRINGing Forward

“My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life."

~ Miles Davis

Baby with a happy smirk on its face and text "My Face, when I get to show a client their finished commission."

I've recently finished two fun commissions. It is always a little scary when I first hit send on the photo after finishing a piece (what if they don't like it?!?!?). But, so far, every commission I've done has not only been fun to do, but the clients have loved the finished piece as much as I do. While finishing every painting is always satisfying, there is little that is more rewarding than helping someone bring their personal favorite memory, pet, or idea for a commission piece to life.

Recently finished commissions:

Original oil painting "Pinckney Paradise" by Barbara Teusink. A saltwater marsh view.
Pinckney Paradise, 18x24

A wonderful view from a peaceful spot near the outer end of Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge (near Hilton Head Island, SC). A moment of respite during a long day of hiking the island. The client, a longtime dear friend, and I did this hike together hunting for potential reference photos on Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. We went MUCH further than we had intended to, but it was a marvelous day and we got to view this wonderful scene together!

Original oil painting "Sammy" by Barbara Teusink. A Shih Tzu laying on a couch with a window and curtains behind him.
Sammy, 11x14

Meet Sam aka Sammy. Sam is a Shih Tzu. He is such a friendly pup and I enjoyed getting to meet him! He loves hanging out with his people and watching all the birds that visit the bird feeders in their backyard. Here he is, ruling from his favorite throne, the back of the couch. This piece is a 50th wedding anniversary gift. How awesome is that?!


In other news...

Looking for something fun to do? I've got two great options for you!

The Artists for Africa charity fundraiser is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for a great chance to get some wonderful small art at the reception and art sale at the Hilton Garden Inn on Pickens Street in downtown Columbia on February 16. Cocktails and refreshments start at 6pm and the art sale opens at 7pm. The funds raised are dedicated to enhancing the lives of children living in the most impoverished areas of Africa through arts programs and educational opportunities. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Tickets may also be purchased on the Brown Paper Tickets site. Most pieces are postcard sized (4x6 inches) but there will be some larger pieces for sale as well. The two pieces shown below are my contributions and will be included in the sale.

The next big event I've been working hard to get ready for is the Cottontown Art Crawl. This fun event brings artists and entertainment to front porches and lawns in Cottontown, an historic neighborhood near downtown Columbia. The fifth annual Crawl will welcome 140 artists to show and sell their original work. The CAC will be held on Saturday March 11th from 10-4 (Rain date is Sunday March 12th from 12-6). I will be set up near the heart of the action at 2403 Marion Street. CAC is free to attend and there are always a lot of visitors. There will be plenty of food trucks and restaurant options, live music, free bikes to borrow to get around and more. It should be a blast - Hope to see you there!!

I've been getting a lot of art ready for this event and will have large and small originals as well as prints that will be for sale. Here are a few of the pieces:



I have other paintings available, of course! You can always see all the pieces currently available on my website. If you are considering adding to your art collection, I hope you will choose my paintings!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my message. If you have any questions or suggestions, or you just want to say "Hi!" please reach out. I love hearing from you!

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