Cloud Dance on the Blue Ridge is a sensuous mountain view full of light coming through an unusual array of clouds that seem to be dancing.  I am especially pleased with the light effect in this work.

This is one of many vistas near Rock Castle Gorge.  Before the Blue Ridge Parkway was built my husband, Clyde Kessler, had relatives with land in this region.  He is a well-known naturalist and has spent many hours studying the bird and butterfly populations here.  

I used to tease him that he should have a mail box on Rocky Knob where he has led hawk watches most of his life. His research takes him all over the New River Valley and beyond.  I have been to these sites many times and love to sit and watch the beautiful atmosphere and wildlife on top of these gorgeous mountain ranges.



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 a 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, Switzerland, India 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!

Towhee Hill Studio is open to the public by appointment.  540-257-3437

Cloud Dance on the Blue Ridge

  • Cloud Dance on the Blue Ridge is a 40" x 30" impasto oil painting on hardboard in a silver colored metal frame.

    The painting can easily be taken out of the frame if professional framing is desired.