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Brenda Joyce Orcutt is guild's featured artist for March

Special to The Post and Courier

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Charleston Artist Guild is presenting oil painter Brenda Joyce Orcutt as the featured artist for March.

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"Crimson and Porcelain"

Her specialty is creating serene still-life scenes with a palette knife, assorted colors and her imagination.

"After much preparation, I usually spend one day with one palette knife, lots of oil paint and plenty of movement, especially when the right song comes on. I've always loved the drama of the thickly applied paint, the texture and the pureness of the colors," Orcutt said.

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"Surrounded by Spring"

Her work focuses on spring gardens and floral scenes, but the artist has a varied body of work that is constantly being rotated at the Charleston Artists Guild.

Orcutt is busy with her business, Orcutt Fine Art, an endeavor that has pushed her creatively and artistically.

Having such a positive response from collectors has encouraged and inspired her to continue.

Meet the artist at the opening reception for her show, "Palette Knife Impressions: Gardens and Floras," 5-8 p.m. Friday at 160 East Bay St.

My Mantra: "Be clutch. Don't overthink it, just do it."

Travel plans (real or imagined): Planning another girl trip, outdoor palette knife painting this fall in Taos, N.M.

Last thing I do before I go to bed: Put my socks on.

Favorite movie: "Moulin Rouge."

I am listening to: Jay Clifford's "Silver Tomb for the Kingfisher."

Last book that I read: "The Private Lives of the Impressionists" by Sue Roe.

Favorite restaurant in Charleston: Anything on the breakfast menu at Great American Grill.

My daily routine consists of: Business, creativity, relaxation.

Habit I'd like to break: Binge painting, but it can be very productive.

I am most grateful for: The community of artists that support each other in Charleston.

Resolution: Eat more fish.

In five years, I will be: Working large.

If I knew then what I know now: Wisdom, ah, if only we could be born with it.

Price range of artwork: $250-$1,500.

Last thing that made me laugh: Stephen Colbert, intensely and regularly.

I wish: I could carry a tune.

Would you rather win the lottery or fly into space?: Looking back at the Earth, ultimate reference photos!

Website: www.orcuttfineart.com

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