It’s hard not to want to transport yourself to the romantic, pastel-colored shorelines that artist Teil Duncan depicts in her series of abstract beach paintings. That’s precisely why the 26-year-old Charleston, South Carolina–based painter has racked up a considerable number of fans, including interior designer/blogger Erin Gates of Elements of Style. “I’m obsessed with her paintings!” says the Boston-based designer. “They’re happy and bright, and a great mix of figurative and abstract.”
Duncan found her niche in these light-drenched beach scenes after settling in Charleston. “I was drawn to the laid-back vibe of the beach, but I also wanted to infuse some of Charleston’s refined spirit with a whimsical pastel palette,” she says. Most of her paintings stem from personal photos of her trips to nearby Folly Beach, where she says she is constantly on the lookout for interesting people and patterns. “My paintings transport people to a time of leisure,” she says. “I think people who like my paintings are drawn to the sense of escape in them.”
Left: Teil Duncan with one of her beach scenes, Small Swell by Teil Duncan, $50 for an 11" by 14" print
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Left: You're a Happy Organizer!
“This piece conveys the order that is associated with a carefully organized, highly conscientious person.”
Karen Robertson Collection Marine Life Acrylic in Nautilus Shell (30" by 30"), $1,313
You're a Free Spirit!
“Unconventional and somewhat abstract, this painting would be enjoyed by someone who’s usually open to new experiences.”
There You Go by Michelle Armas, $35 for a 13" by 17" archival print
You’re a Social Creature!
“The owner of this photo likes being around other people, and has a home that is made for entertaining.”
Bathers, Coming & Going by Cheryl Maeder, $4,800 for a 22" by 44" Plexiglas-mounted archival print photograph
You’re a Classic Curator!
“This piece is quite conventional, suggesting someone who is more reserved.”
Sailboats at Sea by Rose MacGregor, $175 for a 25" by 30" oil on canvas