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Jan 23 2017

Nature Provides Inspiration

By Monique Sporn for The Island Connection

Summer Flora by Madeline Dukes

Summer Flora by Madeline Dukes

South Carolina Artist Madeline Dukes will demonstrate her approach to oil painting at the February monthly meeting of the Seabrook Island Artists Guild. Landscapes, “nature portraits,” and the figure are the subjects of her paintings.

Madeline Dukes

Madeline Dukes

Although Dukes completes most work within her studio, she does employ an interactive process of observation in nature to capture color, form, and, most importantly, light. For her, this is where the painting begins – outside or from the live model.

I approach each painting as a portrait and am fascinated by the movement and relationships between the subject and its environment. Nothing is still. Something dynamic is always going on between the two and I want to communicate that as well as capture the personality of the subject, the day, and the light.”

My goals are to “construct” with the paint while pushing both the paint and the imagery… During the painting process I incorporate a method of painting intuitively while stepping back and resolving any technical issues along the way. A kind of synchronization occurs while I work … This is the balance I enjoy and this is how I paint.”

Madeline Dukes studied studio art at Winthrop University. Her work has been selected for several juried group and solo shows at museums and cultural centers in North and South Carolina, including the Etherredge Center gallery at USC-Aiken, Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Juried Art Exhibition, Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, and many more. Her work has also been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur and can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. To see a sample of her art, please visit her website:

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