SC Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.

SC Senator Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.

As an admirer of Grand Manner and historical portraits, I depicted Senator Leatherman in a classic statesmanlike pose while standing in front of the raised bench and the gavel used to call to order the Senate, which represents his position of leadership and role as President Pro Tempore. He is shown reaching out presenting the rendering of the new Ports Authority Terminal to the Senate and to the viewer in the foreground, thereby leading one’s eye right into the painting. Read More

The Hon. Jean H. Toal, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina

The Hon. Jean H. Toal, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina

My conception for a portrait of Chief Justice Jean Toal took shape after having several meetings with both her and her colleague, Joan Assey. Together we enjoyed a thorough review of the South Carolina Supreme Court’s portrait collection of Justices. A vision for this new portrait quickly grew from there and I thought to create a dramatic statement about the strength, wisdom, and sense of personal presence necessary to have earned the distinction of being the first female ever to be elected Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina. Read More

The Hon. Nikki R. Haley, Governor of South Carolina

The Hon. Nikki R. Haley, Governor of South Carolina

As the first female governor of South Carolina, a stately and elegant gesture was chosen with the Governor wearing the exact white silk suit worn in her televised address during the Republican National Convention in 2012. With a keen eye, the viewer will also see that the Governor is wearing her favorite lapel pin depicting the dual flags, side by side, of The United States of America and the state of South Carolina. Read More

The Hon. Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor of North Carolina

The Hon. Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor of North Carolina

The privately funded official portrait of NC Governor Beverly (Bev) Eaves Perdue was formally unveiled at a ceremony held at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh in December in recognition of her service as the 73rd governor of the state of North Carolina. Although the NC Department of Cultural Resources considered portrait artists located nationally, Charlotte based artist John Seibels Walker was honored with being chosen for the project. Read More

The Hon. Glenn F. McConnell, Lt. Governor of South Carolina

The Hon. Glenn F. McConnell, Lt. Governor of South Carolina

The Lt. Governor’s lifelong love of the Lowcountry and the outdoors prompted the idea of using a landscape setting as the backdrop for his figure in the portrait. I felt that a scene with palmetto trees would be particularly indicative of the Lowcountry as his home. My conception quickly grew to include the point of departure of the Hunley from Sullivan’s Island and the inclusion of the crescent moon to the side of the palmetto trees was used in representation of the motif of the SC state flag. Read More

Portrait of “Nathan O’Brien”

Portrait of “Nathan O’Brien”

This past Christmas Eve, Jennifer O’Brien received a most precious gift. It was a painted portrait of her five-year-old son, Nathan. “The holidays were very hard,” says the mother of the little boy who went missing along with his grandparents last summer. “But when I saw the painting, it was like Nathan came home to us for Christmas.” Read More