Author Archives: CJS

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?

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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