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About CJS

living in my beloved Lowcountry, between the blackwater swamps and the saltmarshes, surrounded by pre-revolutionary history.....thinking about current events....painting the wonderful cities that make up our heroic country....hoping we can save it from apathy, and our enemies....pondering a life of adventure from the comfort of age

Are you smarter than a squirrel, part deux

I’m certain that some humans are much smarter than squirrels. The friendly ladies at the Wild Bird Shop in Beaufort showed me all the baffles and gadgets you can acquire to stymie the little problem solvers. They also sent me … Continue reading

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How dinosaurs saved my sanity

Somewhere in the middle of this ridiculous year I started painting dinosaurs for my grandson. He’s 4, so…dinosaurs. My son had a new Dad Pad, so dinosaurs were just fine. Requested, in fact. And since I had wound down my … Continue reading

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are you smarter than a squirrel?

I’m not sure I am. You know Jeff Foxworthy’s show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader,” right? Squirrels may be smarter than 5th graders. 2 weeks ago “my” squirrels (all squirrels live in the same square mile their whole … Continue reading

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remembering why I paint

I’ve been painting so long now that there are a lot of levels to every canvas I drop. And that’s a good thing! It means I’m busy and successful. There are canvases created for several niche markets I serve, like … Continue reading

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swamplife

I’m a morning person.  Always have been.  I’m the person who still got up at daylight, even if we’d partied until 4.  I always felt you missed something if you missed mornings.  I was never the person who slept until … Continue reading

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wet paint

It is an honor and a privilege to paint for peoples’ homes, for their lives. If a peripheral glimpse of color brings a smile to the day, it’s succeeded. Continue reading

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Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern looks a bit like the Jetsons, to me.  Or the wonderful hard-edged advertising that made its way into our sub-conscious in the 50s, 60s and early 70s.  I never really thought of it in terms of my own … Continue reading

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what do you hang on your walls? what is on your shelves?

What do you collect? Is there some ONE thing, which every time you see it – at a show, online, in a catalog, in a store — makes you stop, and wonder, “should I get that?” Is it turtles, or … Continue reading

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What do you want from me?

I’ve asked this question a dozen different ways over the years, but it remains an important question — because painting is how I make my living. My collectors and friends have always given me good input. When I first started … Continue reading

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it’s humbling

  Artists work largely solo.  Ever since I started painting (almost 17 years ago), I knew I’d never not paint.  I knew it was something I would do for the rest of my life, because it is such a pleasant … Continue reading

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