• From the Ashes by Abraham Hunter

    From the Ashes by Abraham HunterDevastating forest fires destroyed so much here near my home in the Smoky Mountains last night. I could see the orange glow of flames and smoke through my window as Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge suffered under a historic and utterly heart-breaking night. I have watched so many friends lose homes and pets and businesses. I’ve been in tears since yesterday. I have felt so many people’s pain. But pain is my inspiration to do what I do best…paint to inspire and bring hope so I painted this painting today.

    Life has a lot of extremely scary fires, and we question why God won’t just send us even a little rain. We don’t realize at the time that fires nourish the ground with nutrients, revitalize the ecosystem, and kill off the old growth to make way for the new. The forest will be so much more beautiful than it ever was before once spring brings new life after the fire.

    This painting is a trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The friendly momma bear and her cubs are taking a morning walk to enjoy the new glorious life that has blossomed out of the charred remains of their home. They made it through the winter, and now life has a new beginning.

    My friends, we will make it through this. This is just the master plan to make everything even more beautiful. Weeping endured for a night, but joy comes with the dawn!

    18×24 SN (95) $550 Canvas or $750 Framed
    18×24 AP (25) $995 Canvas or $1195 Framed

  • Love the Smokies by Mark Keathley

    Love the Smokies by Mark KeathleyI’ve spent a lot of time in the Smoky Mountains because they are so inspiring. So much beauty comes together in one spot, and then you throw in the human element. Whether I am driving through historic Cades Cove or the Roaring Fork Loop drive above Gatlinburg, my mind floods with the haunting memories of years gone by. Being in a place like that, my imagination soars, my nostalgic heart aches for what appears to be the Walton’s type of good ole days, and my artist mind wants to go and create. One thing I’ve noticed, though, during the twenty times I’ve gone to Gatlinburg, is that I have never found a spot that gets it all in one view. Love the Smokies is my attempt at putting the high up view of the distant mountains in the same scene with the up close and refreshing streams that flow down in their valleys. One of the wonderful things about being an artist is getting to create something that you wish you could see and then making it believable and hopefully inspiring for others. When the fires raged through the mountains around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge this past fall, my heart broke for the people who suffered loss and the beauty which was destroyed. I felt compelled to paint “Love the Smokies” the way I have always seen it for the kind people who love and live around the mountains. Your hearts of kindness are an inspiration for us all!

    18×24 SN (95) $550 or $750 with frame
    18×24 AP (15) $995 or $1195 with frame
    25.5×34 SN (25) $830 or $1150 with frame