Noted for her vibrant colors and angular brushstrokes, Charleston-based painter Teil Duncan takes her inspiration from the people and places of the Holy City.

By Caroline McKenzie
January 04, 2018
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Jump-start to the Day

I like to jog across Charleston’s iconic Ravenel Bridge. No matter how hot it is, you will get a nice breeze—not to mention unmatched views of the harbor.

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Impromptu Art Walk

Start at Robert Lange Gallery for impressively realistic oil paintings. Next, pop in to the George Gallery, a neighbor-hood gem. Finally, The Southern features up-and-coming Charleston artists. 

Anne Cartwright

Lunch Break

Cru Café is in an old carriage house downtown, and is a Southern experience from start to finish. Order a sweet tea and the fried-green-tomato appetizer, and then move on to the soup of the day and a half-order of the shrimp BLT. If you don’t feel like you’re going to fall over stuffed, spring for a side of truffle fries. I promise they’re the best. 

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Beach Fix

Folly Beach, about 20 minutes from downtown, is a casual stretch of shoreline where locals flock. It has an unkempt, almost jungle-like vibe that never fails to inspire my artwork. I’m forever snapping pictures to model paintings after. It’s also a prime spot for people-watching.

Anne Cartwright

Rock the Boat

My friends and I love to cruise the bay—where we’re sure to see dolphins—on the Palmetto Breeze Sailing Charters catamaran at Shem Creek. A post-cruise beer at Tavern & Table is also a must. 

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Charleston Uniform

This is the unofficial capital of the sundress. You’ll always find me in a bright linen one. To give it some edge, I pair it with a Panama hat, fun sunglasses, and white sneakers.

  • ace&jig Marie Striped Cotton Midi-Dress, $350;
  • Cuyana Panama Hat in Navy, $65;
  • KREWE STL II Sunglasses in Stella to Black 24K, $355;
  • Clare V. Henri Petit Bag in Yellow, $295;