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BB&T Bank on Art - December 2019: Mary Williams

Please join us in congratulating this month's featured artist in the "BB&T Bank on Art Gallery", Mary Williams, with her serene painting.

Pastel Painting "Marina Sunset" by Al Leitch

Seal Swimming

Original Oil Painting by Mary Williams

About the Artwork

Title: Seal Swimming

Media: Oil

Size: 18" x 24"

Price: Giclee prints on Canvas $130, original oil painting $1000

When we were travelling to the North Coast of Ireland, we took a ferry from Bally Castle over to Rathlin Island. The wind was fierce that day but some of the wildlife there included seals. Then when our Columbia Zoo opened a Sea lion exhibit, my heart was captured. Perhaps it’s because I love to swim too, but seeing these creatures slip and move effortlessly in the water is quite wonderful to see. Feel the movement and swim with this creature as he glides and dives.

The painting was honored with an award at CCAL in 2018

Photo of artist Karen Larrabee

Artist Bio

Mary Williams

Though Mary’s background is Nursing, she has always loved Art. The gift for art has come down through my family. My grandfather painted, my father sculpted birds and my mother could cut out and sew a dress without a pattern.“Many of my commissions include portraits. Whether painting a landscape, person or place, I strive to paint the essence of place or the personality of the subject.”Among her awards, the Artist in Residence opportunities through the SC State Parks afforded her the most growth as an artist, with the concentrated time of daily painting plein air.She recently illustrated a devotional book by her late father, Under His Wings, by Gordon Elliott. Commissions include portraits and Landscapes in South Carolina, California, Michigan and Canada. Her work can also be found in China and Malta.

You can see more of Mary's artwork in her online gallery on this website HERE and at

You can reach Mary by clicking HERE.


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