“Great Blue Preening” by Letty Husson

Letty Husson’s Lowcountry landscapes will be featured May 2-29 at the Society of Bluffton Artist’s Gallery with an opening artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. May 7.

The peaceful landscapes of the South Carolina Lowcountry will fill SOBA’s gallery in Old Town Bluffton.

With a serene style, Husson’s use of pastels and oils conveys the natural beauty and tranquility of her settings. The colorful skies, marshes and birds of the Lowcountry are her most frequent subjects now, but not the only ones.

“My work is varied, but these days I use mostly oil and pastel,” says Husson, who began her life as an artist while working as a nurse decades ago in New York City. “My husband says that my signature style is ‘pleasant to look at.’ I like that.”

While working as an RN, Husson needed some diversion from the medical field. With the encouragement of a friend, she enrolled part-time at Marymount Manhattan College and graduated in 1986 with a BA in Studio Art. Painting was her favorite subject, and she painted mainly in watercolor and oil. However, after graduation, working for a living and having to care for her ailing mother did not allow time for art.

Husson retired in 1997 and moved to Maine with her husband and mother. After the passing of her mother in 2004 she and a friend and started taking refresher art lessons. The vibrant colors of the pastel sticks captured her interest, as it makes for immediate correction or addition to the work at hand.

As she is now in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she is attracted to the marshes and birds in the area.

She is a member of SOBA, the Art League of Hilton Head, and Beaufort Art Association.

SOBA is located at 6 Church St. in the heart of the flourishing art hub in Old Town Bluffton’s historic district. As a nonprofit art organization, SOBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions, scholarships, outreach programs and more.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Visit sobagallery.com for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843-757-6586.