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Path with Mossy Trees

Oil on canvas mounted on masonite
18 x 26 inches

As published in: Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection

As exhibited in: Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection, 2015–2018, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee; Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia; McKissick Museum of Art at the University of South Carolina, Columbia; Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia; Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee; Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina

“It’s a very personal thing when you’re painting,” Hattie Saussy once observed. “When you’re an artist you have to get very silent with what you’re doing. . . . If it’s going to have meaning, it has to have all of you in it, and it has to have the effort of production. It has something in it for others, yet it will always have your presence in it.”

With its dappled sunlight and wavering Spanish moss, Path with Mossy Trees exemplifies Saussy’s contention. One feels that she knew the locale intimately and sat in silence as she observed this sandy path.

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