Cover

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pp. 1-7

Content

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xiv

Working South is not only the title of a recent body of work by Mary Whyte, but also a metaphor for her personal transition from the North to the South. Through her art and sincere personality, she has worked her way into the hearts and minds of southerners, whether natives or recent arrivals. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xvi

Every day I thank God for blessing me with the ability to paint. Painting is a solitary business and, for many artists, including myself, there are always numerous people behind the scenes, doing everything except hold the brush. My husband, Smith Coleman, has been and continues to be alongside me every step of the way and is my greatest source of encouragement. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-9

It started with a news paper article. I had driven to Greenville, South Carolina to paint a portrait of a bank president and was staying in one of the large hotels in town. The portrait would require a couple of painting sessions, but the bulk of the work would be done back home in my Seabrook Island studio. ...

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The Paintings

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pp. 10-83

There are two hog farms left in Laurens County, South Carolina. Locals swear that the Bobo family’s pork chops are the best in the state. The Bobo farm is spread wide, over a series of soft hills that join together and slope down to a pond ringed by tall trees. ...

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The Studies

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pp. 84-108

At night Georgia state highway 96 is blacker than the inside of a boot. Along its many miles there are a few sporadic street lights, and, on the left and right, there is nary the tiniest yellow dot of a house window. I am heading home, with my leather bag next to me on the front seat, containing my paints, camera, and sketchbook. ...

Index

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pp. 109-110