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A Break in the Clouds is a colorful view of Rock Castle Gorge which is near Rocky Knob on the Blue RIdge Parkway where my husband does much of his research on birds and butterflies. He is working on putting out a CD on Butterflies of the Blue Ridge mountains. This painting has the most complex system of clouds of all of my landscapes. I am always fascinated with various atmospheric effects in this beautiful mountain region.
My husband, Clyde Kessler, is from Ferrum, VA and has been studying this region since he was a boy. His maternal grandmother got him interested in wildlife and he has spent much of his time trying to get others involved in the preservation of this wonderful region. He works closely with the Blue RIdge Discovery Group which has the aim of getting children outdoors to study and appreciate our surroundings.
I am especially pleased with the interaction of warm and cool colors throughout the work. The break is about half way down the painting. The light is coming through a dense system of colorful clouds. The rolling mountains and foreground tree provide a wonderful light/dark contrast that gives the painting a dynamic look. Also the slant of the clouds provide a special kind of movement that is echoed in the rolling mountains.
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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 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 twenty-one states, Canada, Germany, and Australia. I want to cover the world with my art.
Be sure to check out my YouTubes. Here is the address for my Beautiful Nude Series. http://youtu.be/vOyjIZ__lq4
Towhee Hill Studio is open to the public by appointment. 540-257-3437
Prints on clothing, paper products, and kitchen wares can be purchased at www.zazzle.com/newriverartist
May 28th, 2008
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