Smoky Moutain Heritage Gallery
The Great Smoky Mountains are my home! As an emerging artist near Waynesville, North Carolina I cannot help but have artwork that reflects the roots of my heritage. That is where my Smoky Mountain Heritage series came from. Read more Below
Living Rich in Appalachian Culture & History
I grew up about 20 minutes outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park via the Cataloochee entrance. Many summers were spent camping in the park along with exploring the rich heritage that is still being preserved there. I am also blessed to live about the same distance from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
There have been so many countless memories and stories of my family in this region, as well as others, that can be shared. My roots run equally deep within both Haywood and Madison Counties. And both my Mother and Father taught me early to respect and treasure the area in which I live.
Family of Storytellers
Some of my favorite memories are of my Dad sharing stories from when he was a child. He grew up in a family of 14 so they were always getting into something up in Sugar Cove. Then my maternal Grandmother and her brother, Uncle June would likewise share tells of their own of growing up near the Tennessee state line. Neither side of my family had an easy life coming up in the world, but they still found joy.
I guess you may call me nostalgic but listening to their tales gave me comfort and I learned that life isn’t always about the material. From them, I learned my values and that life is about the simpler things that it offers.
When I find myself stressed, I tend to do like my Father and find solace in the bountiful nature that surrounds me. He showed me from an early age that you can re-center yourself by spending time alone in the woods.
It was John Muir who said it best when he said, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.”
This gallery is about those places where I find tranquility and the reflections of a simpler time deep within the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge.