Mary Beth's Gift is one of my favorite still lifes.  I am especially pleased with the use of line and intense color contrast in this work.  I have always believed that it is not what you do in art but how you do it. 


This plant was given to me by an office mate and I liked it so much that I decided to make it into a work of art.  I found the perfect doily that adds to the strong linear accents and contrasts nicely with the complementary colors.  This pastel painting won second place in the Pastel Division at an International Juried Competition in Nogales, Arizona.

The painting is loose on a cardboard backing.  I can't guarantee that a mat would not arrive without pastel dust on it so I have to send it un-framed.



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


Mary Beth's Gift

  • Mary Beth's Gift is a 14" x 17" soft pastel painting loose on a cardboard backing.

    Framing is up to the patron.  I cannot ship a soft pastel with a guantantee that there will not be dust on the mat.