I feel truly blessed to have grown up on a cotton mill village in the 1950's & 60's when the textile industry was at its peak. Thanks to our hardworking elders who worked in the textile mills, my generation was able to have a better life. Sadly most of those elders and textile mills have passed on. In the 1990's, I was inspired to use my art as a tribute and to illustrate the stories of the cotton mill people and their neighborhoods. The neighborhoods may have been in different cities and states, but the stories are similar.
The landscapes of the cotton mill villages were dotted with Smokestacks, Water Tanks and Steeples. Therefore, I chose this as the title of this portfolio of paintings and the title of my newest book. The inspiration I had way back when still burns deeply within me this day!