DescriptionThis view of the houses of Rainbow Row looks toward Broad St. From the green one to the pink one are the Othniel Beale Houses, and his dock was across the street back in 1740 when the waterfront activities began in this area. The land has been filled in after silting pushed the port farther north. Behind you would be the Battery. The wrought iron balconies front the upstairs where families of the businesses on the ground floors resided--businesses which catered to the shipping needs. There were of course taverns, too. This image captured a color saturated moment as the sun crossed midsky, and the West Indies colors were drenched as if in sunset.
Deborah Reeves, Charleston SC Member Since January 2009 Artist Statement I am a native Charlestonian and have spent most of my life in the SC lowcountry. I've drawn, painted, and created with various materials as far back as I can remember, including sculpting with wet cement with my bare hands when I was 7 and nobody was looking. In my formal education, I studied ancient things--languages, history, architecture, archeology, and, yes, art. This took me to the shores of the Mediterranean: Israel, Italy, Greece, and Tunisia. I took art lessons, from some of the finest local artists. However, I believe I have forgotten everything I ever learned from anybody anywhere, and am working on what comes naturally again. I have been making a living from my artwork since 1995, after reentering the passion in 1989. Charleston is my theme--I love the pattern of architectural shapes in various lights and the iconic images of my home city. From the study of ancient and exotic things and places, I have turned to my own roots and environment, hoping to share my vision and memories.