Blue Ridge Jewels is a expressive look at one of our beautiful Blue Ridge overlooks. The colors that dance on the ridge look like jewels, hence the title.I have lived my adult life in this beautiful mountain region of Virginia and I can't imagine living anywhere else.
It is wonderful to have a mountain range visible from my window and to watch the constant interplay of warm and cool colors as the light changes. The visual effect is beyond words and I enhance certain parts of what I see which is what Claude Monet often did. He desired to make the world look as beautiful as possible.
My husband, Clyde Kessler, is a well-known naturalist in the New River Valley and he has introduced me to countless beautiful sites where he researched birds and butterflies. I love to watch the colors in the morning sky and ridges but I like the evening sunsets the best.
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My paintings have been seen throughout the United States in national, international, and group shows. I have won numerous awards, including awards from Dorothy Gillespie, May Stevens, Frank Webb, and Daniel Greene. My paintings were in two group shows on Broadway and my biography is included in The Original Marquis Who's Who in America.
I taught in the Art Department of Radford University for twenty years as Assistant professor. I taught Art Appreciation, Drawing, Oil Painting, Watercolor painting, Foundations, and served as Gallery Director for one year.
I enjoyed working with Art and Design students. My Art Appreciation course was hands-on and I received many compliments on my course curriculum. Oftentimes I had students that were not enrolled in the class ask me if they could sit in for a class. I have fond memories of those guest students! What a great compliment for me!
My best-selling print, "Reaching Out", was selected from over three million works of art on Fine Art America to be on the set of The Mindy Project and I appeared with my artwork on The Hour of Joy on FoxTV out of Roanoke on March 10th 2013.
I live to paint and it is important to me to find homes for all of my creations. I have originals and prints in thirty-two states,Washington D.C., Canada, Germany, Russia, England, India, Switzerland, and Australia.
I also have paintings in the collection of Hollywood actress Morgan Fairchild.
Be sure to check out my YouTubes. Here is the address for my first video about my drawing on The Mindy Project! http://youtu.be/vOyjIZ__lq4
Towhee Hill Studio is open to the public by appointment. 540-257-3437 Prints on additional items can be purchased on Zazzle. www.zazzle.com/newriverartist
May 19th, 2011
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