Seashell Artwork

The Magnolias

This page is of past creations. A tribute to the beautiful designs of life and nature and the joy it has given me exploring and discovering them.

The seashell flowers are made from jingles, pen shells, bubbles, cowries, slippers, periwinkles, scallops, clams, cockles, turbans, tops, cat’s paws, augers, and a wide wide variety of ocean treasures that I have found on the beach, or friends have given me, or I collected over the years teaching, or I bought from responsible collectors. The ocean has always been a renewing force in my life . . . as much as sitting on top of a tall mountain!

If you are interested in flowers as a gift or for a wedding you may contact me at The flowers are each unique, and something you can keep in remembrance of a beautiful day of celebration.

Pictures from a recent wedding I did:

Wedding Bouquet




Kissing Ball for Flower Girl

Halo for Flower Girl


Wedding Bouquet

Seashell Flower Candle Rings







Wedding Cakes

When two of my children got married I made the decorations for their wedding cakes. My son’s wedding was on the beach and I had my choice of what to make and the size of the cake! The first thing I did was make a model of the cake and ordered the almond paste and fondant. The decorations are hand painted with diluted natural food colorings. Can you see the little crab on top?

My oldest daughter wanted camelias and that was really a challenge! Most of the decorations on her cake are made of almond paste but the camelias are made from fondant. The groom made the all natural red velvet cake (with beets) and it was delicious! The best I have ever had.


Gravestone Rubbings

I have walked many graveyards looking for beautiful simple gravestone art. These are a few treasures. Many of them came from Charleston S.C. but also from graveyards in other parts of South Carolina and North Carolina.


MIscellaneous Art

The Great Seed Spirit

Globe patchwork shade of rice paper and india ink prints and the lamp base from an old ship.


Old Drum table. Burned, stained, and finished!

Sullivan’s Island Bridge at Sunset

The white canvas of this chair called me to paint! I haven’t quite finished it yet.

I just finished this little indoor outdoor table!

Black Jesus


The Tree of the Child



                                           Written and Illustrated by Susan Dean 


       With trees as her muse, South Carolinian Susan Dean presents a spellbinding prose-and-poetry picture book.  To the soulful and the contemplative, the poetry genre has long served as the perfect avenue for artistic and philosophical self-expression; a virtual refuge for the dreamer and the thinker.   The Tree of the Child is a dazzling mix of poetry, prose, and spellbinding artwork; a masterfully crafted celebration of thoughts and imagery that salutes the mystery,  beauty, and endless mystique of Creator and creation.   Through the pages of this work, readers are introduced to some of life’s most inspiring truths, diversely expressed through her words and artwork. Brimming with wisdom, visual beauty, and inspiration, this work of art  broadcasts the soulful voice of one of the most talented and contemplative minds in literature today.   X-Libris Publishing



Long Tailed Skipper

My Butterfly and Moth Designs: These watercolor moth and butterfly cards are $30 for a set of six premium cards and envelopes. You pick the butterflies or moths you want. Susan Dean copyrighted 2004
Cherry Scallop Shell Moth                     Promethea Moth
Ranchman’s Tiger Moth                          Virgo Tiger Moth
Zebra Swallowtail                                      Tiger Swallowtail
Brahmaea Wallichii                               Black Swallowtail
Paradise Butterfly                                                     Underwing Moth
             Luna Moth                                                     Monarch Butterfly
Tortoise Shell Butterfly                                           Lily Leaf Moth
Tent Caterpillar Moth                                                     Day Moth
Colorado Hairstreak                                                Isabella Moth