The Rusty Silo is a wonderful end of the day farm scene in South West Virginia.  When My son was young he was fascinated with farms and especially liked to look at silos.  This rusty silo was his favorite so I decided to make a painting of it.  This painting will always bring back fond memories of his childhood. On the left side there is a small pond and close to the pond are some cows lying down. It is almost dark so the trees have become beautiful silhouettes in a serene setting.



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


The Rusty Silo

  • The Rusty Silo is a 30" x 20" soft pastel painting on paper loose on a cardboard backing wrapped in acetate.


    Framing will have to be up to the patron since I cannot guarantee that a shipped soft pastel painting will arrive without pastel dusk on the mat.