Light and shadow flit together

Published 11:09 am Friday, January 13, 2012

Saluda artist, Bill Jameson, stands in his studio with paintings that will be featured in “Woodland Textures,” a solo exhibit at the Burroughs-Chapin Museum in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (photo by Bonnie J. Bardos)

“Wherever I turn, is a painting.” ~ Bill Jameson
Even on a frost-kissed January morning in Saluda, artist William (Bill) Jameson’s studio blooms with lush green life and verdant woodland textures of moss, stone, sky, leaf and branch.
As a life-long lover of nature, Jameson paints the connection he feels with the earth—each leaf, each branch an elegant dance forever captured in the stroke of a brush. His hand is tender, yet the strokes bold and sure: light and shadow flit together.
The art studio, tucked in a low-slung rusty-red wood building, consists of two cozy rooms: one for Jameson, one for artist wife, Anne. Both studios are filled with large canvases depicting Southern Appalachian landscapes, even a magnificent 5’ x 12’ triptych. Ever-patient Anne will get her own space back soon, luckily she knows how to share! The two work together seamlessly, both as artists and supporters of one another.
These paintings are being prepared for transport to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for a solo exhibit  “William Jameson: Woodland Textures” at the Burroughs-Chapin Museum. It’ll take a large rented trailer to haul them all- no small feat with packing, carrying and unloading. The museum is located at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard (across from Springmaid Pier) Myrtle Beach, S.C. in a historic house that has been moved from its original site.
Over a year ago, Kay Teer, museum curator, invited Jameson to do an exhibit, so most of the work was produced expressly for this show, which will run January 15 – April 26, 2012.
Originally from Honea Path, S.C., Jameson’s journey as an nationally-known artist started with study at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Fla., then down to study at the prestigious   Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Over the years, he’s traveled far and wide, and presented workshops in Mexico,  Italy,  Arizona, Charleston, and Saluda.
Often when out in the natural world he loves, he’ll work on smaller studies on site, then produce much larger paintings in the studio. Jameson said, “I love the land for its history, its harshness and its beauty.”
The love and beauty shows.
Want to know more? For more information, the website for the Burroughs-Chapin museum  is myrtlebeachartmuseum.org or visit williamjameson.com