Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2015

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284 CS D A R T S Although Katherine DuTremble has explored other felds in her life, from modeling to advertising, her vocation is creating art. She says matter-of-factly. "I've been an artist ever since I was seven years old. That's all I've ever wanted to do with my life, and I'm doing it." Now in Charleston via New York and Louisiana, DuTremble brings with her award-winning skills in monotyping. While her home studio in Mount Pleasant features an etching press, her preferred medium is oils. DuTremble's landscape art has been featured at Piccolo Spoleto for 25 years, and she's currently in the midst of an endearing 1,000-sunset project dedicated to her late husband. Now at number 230, her sunsets serve as backdrops to Lowcountry waters and marsh depicted in bright, vivid colors. You can view her handiwork at Studio in the Groves in Mount Pleasant or on DuTremble's website, where the artist's paintings will soon be joined by her own T-shirts, koozies, coffee mugs and more. When art major Debbie Palmer graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, she ventured straight into com- mercial art. "I worked in advertising for 20 years, and then opened up my own graphic design studio," she explains. Palmer's return to her frst love, fne arts, came in 2000, and coincided with her arrival in Charleston. Though she started off with pastels, Palmer has found she's most comfortable with oil on canvas. These days, the artist splits her time between her other home in Sag Harbor, N.Y., and the Holy City, where she prefers painting plein air. "I spend a lot of time painting on the streets of Charleston," she says. Urban landscapes are Palmer's forte. "I love architecture," she says. You'll fnd that barns, tractors and marsh scenes show up frequently in her work, as do pictures from up North, like her recent paintings of Nature Conservancy sites on Long Island. Palmer's paintings can currently be seen at the Lowcountry Artists gallery on East Bay Street. Katherine DuTremble 843-817-4471 Debbie Palmer KATHERINE DUTREMBLE DEBBIE PALMER MICHELLE BOLTON Michelle Bolton moved to the Lowcountry three years ago from Pinehurst, North Carolina, where she owned a custom design-build frm for 21 years. "I've always been drawn to architecture," she says. Though Bolton has also done professional photography for more than 25 years—she trained under Eva Longoria's personal photographer—be- ing able to do so full time in Charleston is particularly inspiring for this self-described free spirit. One of her biggest requests is for children's portraiture. The subjects' eyes are Bolton's favorite focal point. "I also like lifestyle portraits and capturing a child in candid movement," she says. In addition to architecture and families, Bolton also shoots outdoor weddings, events and pets—but not a day goes by that she doesn't fnd time to take in the beautiful local landscape. "I photograph a sunrise or sunset almost every day somewhere in the Lowcountry," Bolton admits. Book a photo walk downtown where Bolton usually "catches" a sunset. Michelle Bolton 843-388-4280

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