TooGooDoo Studios currently features the paintings and drawings of artist Bruce. Her watercolor, ink, caran d'ache, and gouache artwork appears in private and corporate collections throughout the world. She offers both limited and open edition reproductions as well as a few original paintings for sale on this site.
A cum Laude graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia, Bruce feels that her painting has been influenced by the years she lived in Japan right after World War II, and by her many trips to Africa. Mrs. Bruce and her husband returned from their eighth safari in southern Africa in May, 2000, where the hundreds of photographs she took supply inspiration for later paintings.
An animal lover and student all her life, Bruce wrote a monthly article on backyard birding for twelve years in the Audubon Club newsletter and later also edited the publication. As the Naturalist for the Middleton Place Plantation Inn and Conference Center, she led tours showing and explaining the flora, fauna and birds of the Carolina Lowcountry. Using this broad knowledge of local nature along with her study in Africa, she feels very qualified in doing wildlife artwork. Bruce strives for a loose, but correct, depiction of the animal and not too much emphasis on the background. Even though the current trend is towards almost photographic accuracy, she feels that her methods allow the viewer to also participate in the painting.
Although African wildlife is a favorite subject, Mrs. Bruce also paints some North American animals and many birds. She tries to paint only animals that she has seen in the wild. She also does pet portraits on commission, which have been very well received.
Mrs. Bruce and her husband, Bill, parents of three grown sons, live with their Doberman Pinschers close to nature by a tidal creek in rural South Carolina, near Charleston, where her gallery is located. A full line of Charleston street scene prints by Bruce can also be seen at her Pink House Gallery. Situated in the oldest stone house in the city, (also the oldest standing tavern in the South), The Pink House Gallery, at 17 Chalmers Street, is a must for visitors to Charleston.