Blue Ridge Parkway Artist, The Biltmore Ghost ,and My Latest Shore Scene!

Blue Ridge Parkway Artist

I am very pleased to present the first of my latest shore scenes from beautiful Pawleys Island!  I love the shore and we get there once a year.  South Carolina has great beach resorts but my favorite is Pawleys Island.  One of my best-selling prints, Marsh View at Pawleys Island, is one of my favorite paintings!

Pawleys Island Sunrise on the Sand is a sumptuous look at how the light reflects off the wet sand.  In this sunrise there is more morning light on the sand than the water, hence the title.


pawleyssunrisesandcopyrightPawleys Island Sunrise on the Sand    Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting      $2430

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART


breakerspicopyrightBreakers at Pawleys Island   Original Painting has been Sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas and Greeting Cards Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

The Biltmore Ghost

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina was home to  George Washington Vanderbilt who was one of the heirs to the Vanderbilt industrial fortune. He was born into a mountain of money and never had to work a day in his life.

When he was  26 he traveled to Asheville with his mother and loved the area so much that he purchased 126,000 acres and built a fabulous vacation home there The house is so big that one could sleep in a different bed room each night and not sleep in one twice for a year!

George was an avid collector of books, art, and artifacts and had a huge library.  He and his wife had lavish parties and he usually had to be called out of the library to greet guests.

When he died in 1914 the estate passed through his daughter to his grand sons.  They decided to open the house to the public.  It is the largest privately owned home in America and the setting for a number of successful movies including Being There, starring Peter Sellers.

Today there are reports of ghosts on the premises. George is said to be seen in the library where he often retreated during storms.  His wife’s voice has been heard asking him to join his guests.  The parties seem to still be going on. People sometimes hear laughter and loud voices at the pool which is no longer in use.


I got this ghost story from Stories from The Mountains online publication


Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

Yesterday I listed books on Appalachia that The Blue Ridge Discovery Center suggests for great reading about this gorgeous area of the world!   I forgot to mention A Natural Sense of Wonder by  Rick Van Noy includes a chapter on Clyde.     Rick Van Noy is very impressed with the naturalist work my husband does and we were pleased he included him in his book!

Here is the list again!

For the Blue Ridge:

  • Hollows, Peepers, and Highlanders – An Appalachian Mountain Ecology, George Constantz 
  • A Fly Fisherman’s Blue Ridge, Christopher Camuto

Other must reads:

  • A Songbird Journeys – Four Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds, Miyoko Chu
  • The Trees in My Forest, Bernd Heinrich
  • Winter World, Bernd Heinrich
  • The Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner 
  • Home Ground – Language for an American Landscape, Barry Lopez, Debra Gwartney
  • A Natural Sense of Wonder, Rick Van Noy

I hope you enjoyed my paintings by an artist of The Blue Ridge Parkway


Another Roanoke Ghost Story near The Blue Ridge Parkway and Where is it?

My Artwork

beachhousepawleycopyrightBeach Houses at Pawleys Island      Original Painting has been Sold

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at   KENDALL KESSLER ART

 This is where I want to be right now.  We will be vacationing at this great South Carolina resort soon!


fairlawncopyrightClouds Over Fairlawn   Original 18″ x 24″ Pastel Painting    $864

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART 

Another Beautiful Southwest Virginia vista!

clouddancecopyrightCloud Dance  Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting       $2425

Prints on Paper or Canvas Available at    KENDALL KESSLER ART

There are a lot of Sugarloaf Mountains.  This is the one in our neck of the woods off the Blue Ridge Parkway!

The Ghosts of Beth Israel Synagogue


Laurie Platt has no doubt she has been in touch with the other side at Beth Israel Synagogue!  She started to see and hear ghosts when she started her Folk Dance classes. A few times upon arrival she heard voices when the place was vacant.

Another time while dancing she looked up to see a woman floating in the back closet.  She was dressed in a ninteenth century dress.

The next day she went to the library and found out that before the synagogue was built there was a house on the property owned by “Betty” and her husband.  Supposedly Betty now haunts the Synagogue!

At other times another dancer and Laurie saw a short man standing on the stairs looking down at the hall watching them dance.


There certainly are a lot of ghost stories in Southwest Virginia and The New River Valley!  It is great fun looking them up!  I found this story on Ghosts of America.


Life with The Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler and Where is it?

My husband has a huge library of his naturalist records, wildlife and poetry books.  He is trying to get back some space in our computer room/guest room by putting these records online.  The room is a wreck but I read somewhere that exceptionally intelligent people have a hard time organizing their things because they are involved with so many different studies.

I would like to think that is the case here so I won’t set fire to the room.

I have to have my things organized or I can’t find anything.   I don’t have trouble finding my keys because it is against the law for them to be anywhere but on the kitchen counter or in my purse.  I have had panic attacks when they were just a little to the left or right of the spot and hiding behind something.

I only have one credit card.  If I had more I would lose them.     I don’t wear a ring because I would lose that also.  I can keep up with large things but not small ones.

Oh well.  As a little boy said many years ago to my husband, “We lock the castle up with booming tamborines!”  We manage, we manage!

Tuggles Gap on The Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and The Radford Roosting Festival

My Artwork

brmagiccopyrightBlue Ridge Magic    11″x14″  oil/canvas       $313.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at     KENDALL KESSLER ART


Tuggles Gap

Another beautiful section of The Blue Ridge Parkway is Tuggles Gap.  I especially like excursions there for the gorgeous scenery and for the Tuggles Gap restuarant!

I have done a number of paintings around the Tuggles Gap area and and especially pleased with Blue Ridge Magic.  This painting certainly shows the viewer how the Blue Ridge Mountains got its name!


Tuggles Gap is sparsely populated with only 39 people per square mile.  The nearest town larger than 50,000 inhabitants takes a little over a mile by local transportation.



Lighting The Ridge           oil/canvas       11″x14″     $313.00

Prints on paper or canvas available at     KENDALL KESSLER ART

beachpawlyhcopyrightBeach Houses at Pawleys Island     Original painting has been sold

Prints on paper or canvas available at         KENDALL KESSLER ART


Yesterday I was so pleased to sell one of my popular beach paintings, “Beach Houses at Pawleys Island, to a great Maryland patron!  This is one of my favorite paintings and one of my favorite places to visit.  We have been going to Isle of Palms the last few years but this year we are going to Pawleys which is the setting for a number of my beach paintings.

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

I wanted to be sure to announce the Radford Roosting Festival where my Bird man will be leading a bird walk.   No admission charge!

Radford Roosting Festival

RADFORD, VA -The Radford Visitor’s Center will be celebrating the 7th annual Radford Roosting Festival on Saturday, March 29rd in Bisset Park from noon – 3 pm.  Families are welcome and there is no admission charge.

This year’s festival will include live birds, educational birding stations, a photo contest and children’s activities.

There are three scheduled presentations that are sure to be of interest to attendees.

Scheduled presentations are:

12:00 p.m.-Jason Davis/SELU

‘Flying family dynamics: Bluebirds, parenting and stress’

  1:00 p.m.- Sarah Foltz

‘Town & country: How to be an urban bird’

  2:00 p.m.-Jessica Zielske/The Mountain Lake Conservancy

‘Avifauna & geology of Mountain Lake’

Also scheduled is a not-to-be-missed bird walk prior to the festival with Clyde Kessler, local bird expert with Radbird, an outfitter and touring company that specializes in interacting with local birds. The walk sets off at 9 a.m. from the Radford Public Library, 30 West Main St.