I Guess I did a little too much!

Like my Dad ,I am a workaholic.  I am always working at something.  I just can’t take it easy and I think I over did it today.  My body is not happy.  Time to relax, at least for a while.


pawleyssunrisesandcopyrightPawleys Island Sunrise in the Sand     Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting     $2425

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Bisset Park Near The Blue Ridge Parkway and A Charging Rhino…

My Art Work

fallnewrivercopyrightFall on The New River at Bisset Park   Original Pastel Painting has been sold

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I have done many paintings of the beautiful New River which is actually one of the oldest rivers in the world.  Many of the paintings come from Bisset Park in Radford, Virginia.  Radford Virginia is about 30 miles from the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

Bisset is Radford’s largest city park and is located on 57 acres of riverfront land in the central part of the city. The park offers walking trails, athletic fields, picnic shelters, children’s playground, a sand volleyball area and other opportunities for outdoor recreation. The three picnic are available for group functions.

I especially enjoy walking by the New River and have painted it many times.



 New River Trestle    Original 30″x40″ Oil Painting      $2425.00

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The New River has been linked with numerous different names during our brief history in juxtaposition, with itself. It has been called the Wood, Wood’s, Woods, Kanawha, The Great Kahnaway River, and the Cohnaway rivers by various different maps and legends.

One legend has it that various Native American tribes nicknamed it the “River of Death” and the “River of Evil Spirits.” How did one of the oldest rivers, possibly on Earth, get the oxymoron of a name such as it has?

It has been documented that Colonel Abraham Wood, a noted English Fur trader, sent two men, Thomas Batts and Robert Fallam into what was then the unexplored outreaches of territorial Virginia. Discovering a river that they had never seen before, Batts and Fallam wrote “new river” on the map that they had drawn, and, without editing the map, turned it to the map maker, and thereafter the New River forever kept its name.

There are a number of explanations for the name of one of the world’s oldest rivers.  This account is the most accepted origin of the name.  I got this information from New River Gorge, an online publication.

Life with The Bird and Word Man – Clyde Kessler

I wanted to again mention Clyde’ Nature Walk with Nancy Kent which is this Saturday!

My naturalist husband is at it again!  This week-end he will be leading a Spring Discovery Walk  with Nancy Kent at Wildwood Park in Radford, Virginia.  Nancy Kent is a great photographer and retired elementary school teacher.

The two of them are teaming up to help parents and their children learn how to  photograph various insects and flowers!  What a great way to start off the Spring season and enjoy nature in a beautiful setting!  Come with your children for a wonderful and educational outing!


A Charging Rhino

Two weeks ago my husband and son had a nasty virus with congestion and ear infections.  A week went by and I didn’t develop any symptoms.  I bragged that I didn’t get it.  I finally got sick last Saturday.  I shouldn’t have bragged!

I have to be at death’s door to slow down.  I am a workaholic and keep busy all day long.  My husband thought I should rest.

I told him that asking me to rest is like asking a charging rhino to move over!  Not going to happen.


Beautiful Buffalo Mountain on The Blue RIdge Parkway and When Pigs Fly by my Window…

My Artwork

buffalocopyrightBuffalo Mountain in Fall

Original Painting 32×40         $2760.00 


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Another gorgeous mountain vista off The Blue Ridge Parkway is Buffalo mountain.  The name comes from the strong hump on the ridge.  Buffalo Mountain Presbyterian Church was built by the Reverent Robert Childress who was the subject for the book “The Man Who Moved a Mountain”  This is a great book that I highly recommend!

Buffalo Mountain in Fall is one of my favorite Blue Ridge Mountain landscapes.  The colors of light and shade in fall are especially beautiful.  The violet is  intense and it is difficult to paint the atmospheric effect and not lose the cool colors in the warm colors.  They look as if they are floating together in space.

More Blue Ridge Vistas

blueridgeautumncopyrightBlue Ridge Autumn    Original painting has been sold


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violrockyknobcopyrightViolet Evening on Rocky Knob

oil on canvas  16×20   $640.00


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When Pigs Fly by my Window

I am a workaholic.  It is extremely important to me to sell my work.  I can’t take them with me and I hope they will all have homes when I am gone.  I depend on friends to get me out once in a while, but mostly I am either painting or working at promotion strategies.

Saturday I told my self I ought to try to take a break and rest.  Right as that thought was going through my head a pig flew by my window and winked!   Of course, I didn’t take it easy but I did get a lot of work done!

Life with the Word and Bird Man – Clyde Kessler

You know you live with The New River Valley Bird Man when Lowes calls you up to ask how to get a hawk out of their store.  This happened a few minutes ago and I left a message with Clyde at work since he is away from his desk right now.

I know he will know what to do!