Meet our Bluffton Tea Label Artists

Meet our newest label artist: Sara Kaitlin, www.facebook.com/skaitkling, the artist for one of our best selling tea blends: Turmeric Ginger  we just love the watercolor signal flags.  Did you notice the flags spell Turmeric Ginger? So clever!

Growing up in the low-county and now a resident of Chicago, Sara is a multifaceted designer with a keen eye for detail specializing in print media, event, and interior design. Her aesthetic ranges from preppy-cool to classically-elegant. You may have seen some of Sara's work from the Palmetto Paperie, producing invitations and marketing materials for many fabulous weddings, parties and philanthropic events. 

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Introducing Peggy Duncan  www.peggyduncanfineart.com, artist for Darjeeling Green.

I was born on the West coast of Florida and spent my early childhood roaming the woods around my grandparents orange grove and plant nursery. I started drawing and painting at an early age influenced by the abundant nature surrounding my home place. It was a wonderful time to grow up as there was no development at all and a child could wander the woods all day long coming in only at the call to supper as dusk was falling. 

I attended a commercial art school and worked in that field for many years.

Later in life I started painting more seriously and found a mentor in the artist William Leon Stacks. I studied with him for many years. We often went out painting in plein- air in both North and South Carolina. I found the medium of pastel at that time. One day he brought out a large set of Rembrandts and told me to have at them. That was all it took, I was hooked, I loved the ability to choose from all those colors and be able to paint fast and loose with the medium not having to wait for anything to dry. I consider myself a colorist and while I mostly depict the landscape I choose to do it in a more imaginary style and color palette. I hope to pass along to the viewer the emotion and involvement with the subject I was feeling at the time I was painting the particular scene. The hand seems to pick and choose color and put down strokes without a conscious effort.

I have continued to study with many other fine artists along my path, Allan Flattman, Herman Margulies, and Doug Dawson being but a few. One never stops learning.  Trying different things is what keeps it all interesting, I work in pastel, acrylic, mixed-media/found object and oils.

The Southeastern Pastel Society, signature member, The Appalachian Pastel Society, exhibiting member, Society of Bluffton Artists, founding member, Hilton Head Art League, Partner La Petite Gallerie, Bluffton, SC

Introducing Margaret Crawford, specializing in water colors, acrylics and oils.

Our 2016 newest tea addition is Charleston Blend, an elegant premium black tea.    Margaret Crawford created the label in acrylics.  It is a rendering of a shuttered window with a window box overflowing with summer blooms that you can find on any street in Charleston's Historic District.  

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Margaret and her family have been vacationing in the coastal empire since the early seventies and now lives here full time.  She has come to love  the South and many parts of it that make it so special.  Margaret has expanded her art interest from watercolor and oil to also include acrylic painting and collage .  She says “it is so exciting to be in this area because there as so many opportunities to learn and experiment  with different media”.  

Margaret, who is especially known for her dramatic watercolor florals,   has an appreciation for all artistic styles.  She  has juried both state and national exhibitions,  has taught many workshops through New Jersey  and South Carolina and has become a popular demonstrator.  She taught an ongoing watercolor class at the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, NJ,  to beginner and intermediate students. She is  currently teaching  watercolor classes at the Hilton Head Art League Art Academy on  Hilton Head.

Ms. Crawford is a signature member of the New Jersey Water Color Society (President 1998-2000);  The Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, N,Y,C where she served as Painting Chair, Slide Chair and Dinner Chair; the National Association of Women Artists, The American Artists Professional League; The South Carolina Watermedia Society. She now serves on the Board of the Hilton Head Art League.

She is very excited to  have recently partnered  with four well-known local artists in a co-op art space  called LaPetite Gallerie which at 56  Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton.

Margaret received her training at the Pittsburgh Art Institute, Carnegie Mellon University and The Art Students League in New York City.  She has also taken classes and workshops with many noted artists.  The artist has had 16 one-person shows and been involved in seven  multi-artist exhibits.  

She is currently represented by the Oceanside Gallery in Belmar, NJ and The Artist’s Café in Spring Lake, NJ.  You may also see her work at the Hilton Head Art League and the Society of Bluffton Artists in South Carolina and of course at her unique gallery in Bluffton.

e-mail:  paintwc@aol.com                   cell:  732-233-2498

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Introducing Murray Sease.  

Murray created the initial six of our  Bluffton Tea labels including some of our signature favorites.   English Breakfast Tea is an artistic rendering of my grandmother's blue Copeland Spode filled of course with our English Breakfast Tea. Bluffton Blend is a depiction of a typical southern home with deep shade porches and azaleas in bloom.  Can't you just taste the iced tea with peaches and ginger as you are rocking on the front porch?  Moroccan Mint is reminiscent of a girls trip to Marrakech drinking hot mint tea while shopping for treasures in the souks.  

Murray's work is lush with vibrant colors and each image tells a Bluffton Tea story.  We couldn't be happier with the results.

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Murray Sease is a graphic designer, illustrator and aspiring painter, loving every minute of this colorful direction she’s taking – using oil and brushes as a complementary creative outlet to her graphic and technical work. 

Settling in the South Carolina Lowcountry, after living all over the world as a child with her Air Force family, she has been surrounded by the natural beauty of the area most of her life. She has always loved to draw and studied art throughout college and after, but hadn’t pursued painting until very recent years. She considers herself incredibly lucky to live in the colorful and eclectic community of Bluffton, SC with never-ending inspiration for art.” 

Murray’s latest paintings can be seen at the SOBA Gallery and Le Petite Gallerie both on Calhoun Street in Bluffton and you may visit her site shineonart.com and blog at murraysease.blogspot.com anytime! 

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