Welcome to"Behind The Canvas" , my reflections on what inspired a painting or a series of works and my feelings toward living a creative life. People often ask me about my work, hopefully this blog will answer some of those questions. Enjoy! LP

Cicely In The Morning Light

October 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The early morning hours pass too quickly. I awoke early this morning to the faint light of the sky. After some reflection & reading, the room was a glow in sunbeams. Soon the day will be a buzz with voices and activity. I just want to savor this moment. And, here is a painting from another early morning when I caught Cissy in the act.


October 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


Ruth Anderson and Lillian Burgess were sisters that shared the house across the street from us. They were complete opposites from each other. Lillian was ladylike, always in a dress, her white hair piled in a high bun on her head. She drove around town in her vintage powder blue VW beetle. Her sister Ruth dressed in pants, was cantankerous, and loved a good joke. They have been gone for over a decade, but Lillian's hydrangea bushes live on in our garden. The painting resides in the permanent collection at The University of Charleston.

My New East End Lamp Post Art

August 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This lamp post art was created for the East End Main Street public art program.
The original painting  ( "Pink Lady")represents one of the many turreted homes in the east end neighborhood. The sign is located in front of "The Abundant Life Ministries" church at 1534 Washington St. East. The painting is on display at Old Colony Realty and is for sale.

Come See "Our Appalachia" at Tamarack

August 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This painting along with another were accepted into the Tamarack Art Gallery's new show "Our Appalachia", which opens Sunday August 10th and closes September 28th. The subjects are based on a photo that I took at a friend's wedding in the country. Stop by the gallery to see the show, and then have a bite at The Greenbrier Cafe.

Virginia-Elizabeth Goes On The Block

June 23, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This painting of the infamous " East End Chicken" aka "Virginia-Elizabeth" will be up for bid in the "Street Works Art Auction & Celebration" on Wednesday, June 25th, Festivities run from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Go to CharlestonEastEnd.com for further information & to purchase tickets to the celebration.
Put "Payne" in the "Artist Code" section of the registration form

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