Welcome to the Foothills Artists' website!

We are so glad you stopped by. Foothills Artists is a local chapter in the Greenville, South Carolina area of the Society of Decorative Painters dedicated to promoting and teaching painting throughout the world. We meet to share, learn and have fun while adding color to the world. Our members range from expert watercolor artists, acrylic, and oil painters to those just beginning and wanting to learn more. If you are looking for a place to pull up a chair, chat, laugh and make new friends while learning a new skill or improving upon an old one, we have a spot for you! Please contact us and stop by for a meeting. We are always looking to add to our group and welcome artists of all skill levels and mediums. We hope you stop by soon, and don't forget your brushes!!

These festive ornaments were hand painted by our chapter members for veterans and members of the military who are overseas, unable to be at home for Christmas. This project is called “Loving Our Military” and is meant to remind our heroes that they are remembered and appreciated. We first participated in this project in 2017, making this year our 6th year to send ornaments. As of now, we have painted and sent over 1000 ornaments. This project is very dear to our hearts and it is our hope is to continue to participate.

Chapter History
Foothills Artists (Foothillsartists.com) was established On March 13, 1989. Our Chapter is affiliated with the International group called Society of Decorative Painters. (http://www.decorativepainters.org ). Our chapter met the requirements for affiliation and was affiliated at the 19th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in May, 1989. There were eleven of our members present at the affiliation ceremony. The National Society of Decorative Painters, Inc., (later changed to the Society of Decorative Painters, Inc.) was organized in 1972 to stimulate worldwide interest in and appreciation for decorative painting; to recognize diversity of and excellence in the art form; and to serve as the resource center for all aspects of decorative painting. The Society of Decorative Painters boasts a worldwide family of painters with interests as varied as the places in which they live. They provide quarterly magazines, membership to local chapters, discounts on painting supplies with local and international distributors, an annual Conference, and much more.

Foothills Artists has twenty five members this year. We are a group of artists working to educate ourselves, and the public about our art form. With our monthly meetings and newsletters, we strive to stimulate interest and growth, share ideas, and develop a feeling of friendship and caring with all levels of fellow painters in our community. Our group uses mediums such as water color, oil and acrylic paints. We have members that are beginners as well as the well seasoned experts. We paint on everything including canvas. Over the years we have brought in many famous national teachers for instructions to our group to further their knowledge and ability to paint. We have had Liz Miller, Heather Reddick from Canada, Sandy Abuchon, Brenda Harris, Tina Sue Norris and Brenda Stewart to mention only a few. Our group also does charitable art for the community. Some of the charitable things we have done have been painting murals for GHS Children's Hospital and fish mobiles to hang from ceiling in exam rooms. We have also painted wine glasses for the American Heart Association's fund raiser Ball and the painting of treasure boxes for the Shriner's Hospital for Children.

We are open to new members in the upstate of South Carolina and surrounding areas. Please join us and learn to paint or improve your skills. We meet on the first Saturday of every month at 9:00 AM at the Hillcrest Hospital, 729 S. E. Main Street - Conference Room E - Simpsonville, South Carolina 29682-9121


Doris Godfrey painted the picture in our logo design... "When I did the painting for the logo I decided with the name Foothills Artists we needed a mountain I added the lake and trees because this look like a place I would like to go and spend the day just painting.