Lighting the Creek is an intensely lit scene from the Jefferson National Forest in Giles County, VA.  I have always been fascinated by water and light.  I love the way light can sometimes be so strong that it looks as if it is dissolving the shapes it hits.  I have walked the path by this creek that leads to the beautiful Cascades waterfall many times and delighted in swimming in the pool.  The water is extremely cold but I spent a lot of my childhood swimming in the ocean at Rehoboth Beach Delaware which is also very cold.  I love to swim regardless of the water temperature.



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

Lighting The Creek


    Lighting The Creek is a 30" x 20" tempera painting on paper in a white mat.


    The painting can be framed by the patron to suit individual tastes.