We were searching for waterfalls. My husband had read an
article about a place in North Carolina where you could drive under a
waterfall. Couldn't be that hard to find, right? We drove for five hours
and never found the waterfall - at least not that trip. We later returned
and saw it and another one that were totally awesome - but that's another
painting yet to come.
What I found on that first trip was a breathtaking view of
the Great Smoky Mountains near Cherokee, North Carolina. I snapped a few
pictures and went to work. Some scenes just beg to be painted.
The Queen Anne's Lace in the foreground wasn't there where
I took the pictures, but it is one of the countless species of flora in
the Smokies, and I thought the splash of white was what it needed.
I've been teaching my husband's nephew to paint this past
year, and this is the one we started with. He's really quite talented and
will someday be an artist to be watched. His version of this painting took
first prize in the county fair. Congratulations Robbey!