Description An old photograph gave inspiration for this, of a lady who helped an artist back in the 1930's in Charleston, during what was called the 'Charleston Renaissance'. Her name was Bessie, that's all I know. His was Alfred Hutty. The black and white photograph he took was sparce, and beautiful. I added a banana tree and a sword plant, because those were always in gardens in those days, then the palmetto fronds hanging over the old brick wall, and the one red amaryllis to be an echo of Bessie herself. There is a sweetgrass basket of early spring flowers beside her--back then, there were ladies selling flowers everywhere in Charleston, much like we see the basket ladies now.
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.