Lowry Coe, the Artist of Lowcountry Sketches

Lowry Coe

Lowry Coe arrived in the Charleston area in 2000, having spent over 40 years as a writer/producer of motion pictures and videos in the Washington, DC area. Through his company, Coe Communications, Lowry traveled the USA, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Alaska, Hawaii, Central and South America, and the Caribbean writing and producing films for such clients as General Motors, Frigidaire, the US Government, the National Chamber of Commerce, and Exxon. After he suffered a stroke, Lowry moved to Mt. Pleasant, lived with one of his daughters and her husband, and reinvented himself as an artist.

He had no formal training in the arts - but he knew that he enjoyed drawing and cartooning in college when he was a Navy officer candidate at Duke, and later as an officer in the Navy. He did his first painting when he was in his thirties. He used acrylics, painted young people on a ocean beach and won First Place and People's Choice Award at the Rehoboth Beach Art Festival in Delaware.

When he moved to Mt. Pleasant, he started painting again. His artwork won several awards, was selected twice in the “Blessing of the Fleet” poster contest, and was selected as designs for several T-shirts. In 2005 he was commissioned to paint a 24” x 30” picture for the unveiling of the new Ravenel Bridge, featuring the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, with fireworks in the twilight sky.  He also has created several paintings of Shem Creek, Dunleavy's Pub, the USS Yorktown, and Fort Sumter. 

He is best known for his pen and ink sketches of more than 150 Charleston area scenes, including historic downtown and islands churches, trawlers on Shem Creek, plantations, and lighthouses. Lowry passed away in 2011.