Much detail is missing from this photograph that is in the original painting.
The Great Smoky Mountains, along the Tennessee, North Carolina border, boast some of the most awe inspiring views I have ever seen. Filled with untold flora, the views change not only with each season, but within days. I'm told that the early Scottish settlers in this area were attracted by the similarities to their highlands.
If you get the chance to take a drive along any of the roads that pass through this area, keep your eye out for unexpected views but make sure you keep one eye on the road. Many of the mountain roads are edged by steep drop-offs.
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I am an admirer of many different types of art but my passion has always been for realistic and impressionist pieces done with character and emotion. The works of Vermeer, Degas, Monet, and Norman Rockwell are some of my favorites.In my own work, I try to create a welcoming atmosphere to my landscapes - to create a place where the viewer can imagine being and experiencing, not just a pretty view. I paint mostly in acrylics - I am too impatient for oils and I also appreciate the flexibility allowed with acrylics that can't be achieved with oils. I also do pencil, charcoal, and ink drawings as well as some watercolor.As a child and then teenager, I drank in every art class available but have no true formal training or degree in fine arts. I do hold a certificate in Commercial Art from a technical school and spent many years in the printing industry producing and supervising graphic designs both mechanical and digital.I have only recently begun to devote my full attention to painting and am enjoying every minute of it. I've been married for 28 years to the same lucky man, am the mother of two grown children and grandmother of four beautiful grandchildren. In my spare time I read, surf the web, cook, and do crafts.