Near Smithfield Plantation is a colorful, expressive drawing of a view in Blacksburg, VA. This is a beautiful part of Southwest Virginia and my husband, Clyde Kessler, has spent a lot of time there researching birds and butterflies.

This is a drawing for people that like a lot of variety in color and texture. I am especially drawn to scenes like this.  When I was a child I spent much of my time in the woods behind our house and a nearby creek.  Some of my fondest memories are of scenes like this one.

I am very proud of the American Artist Award I won for this piece from Daniel Greene. 



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


Near Smithfield Plantation

  • Smthfield Plantation is a 22" x 14" soft pastel painting on paper loose on a cardboard backing.  Due to pastel shifting the work has to be shippined without mat or frame.

    Patron can have the painting professionally framed.