"Stepping Stones on the New River" is an intimate look at some rapids on one small section of ones of the world's oldest rivers. The colors are peaceful and the atmosphere is serene. Native Americans called the New River the River of Death. It can be a treacherous river with a lot of whirlpools and there have been many drownings as a result of the rapids and dangerous sections. With proper safety precautions people enjoy all sorts of wonderful recreation and I love to paint different sections at different times of the year. Fisherman are especially fond of the river and tubing down it is a great past-time for many students.
In this painting I wanted to capture the energy of both the river and the sky with the strong cloud effect and continual display of rapids. The blues and greens are intense which also echo the dynamic quality of the river. As a child I spent much of my time around creeks with stones that I could walk across. Some of my fondest memories are of creeks I played around. At one creek there was a rock that was so large we called it Granddaddy Rock. I hope viewers of this painting are reminded of their childhood days around water.
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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
June 25th, 2008
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