Long-time Lowcountry artist Jim Booth announces retirement

Jim Booth's well-known painting, "The Storm" (Provided)

Lowcountry artist Jim Booth, who paints images of Charleston’s history, iconic Lowcountry scenes and the Morris Island Lighthouse, has announced he will retire.

A joint letter from Jim Booth and his wife, Virginia, posted online Monday evening, thanked the community for its support over the past 47 years.

"It is with a deep well of gratitude that we announce the end of an era as I am announcing my retirement," the letter stated.

The Jim Booth Gallery in James Island will close on May 26.

Booth's paintings have become collector’s items, many selling for thousands of dollars.

His most famous painting entitled “The Storm,” depicts the Charleston Battery in the year 1989, moments before Hurricane Hugo hit land.

Booth has been heavily involved in the community, donating a painting of the Morris Island Lighthouse entitled "First Light" to the Save The Light organization.

Money from the sale of that painting allowed the group to purchase the lighthouse and donate it to the people of South Carolina. Booth's image of the lighthouse is still depicted on a South Carolina specialty license plate benefiting the organization.

“Knowing the paintings have impacted thousands of you is both humbling and deeply satisfying,” Booth's letter stated.

The couple stated they will protect the value of signed and numbered prints during the store closing by not unloading inventory at lower prices.

“We will be keeping our present inventory and we are looking into options on how to continue offering work to the public," the letter stated. "At this time, no decisions have been made on if, or when, that will be possible."

The couple encouraged the public to follow the business on social media for updates.

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