Who better to express the spirit of this beautiful land than someone whose ancestors have been here thousands of years? We believe that the best art is that which creates a direct connection between the heart of the artist and the heart of the viewer. The best landscape artists add a third element: their art connects the heart of the viewer with the living earth.
Artist's Statement: "Spiritually and creatively, I believe that a genetic memory exists on a cellular level and is passed down from generation to generation just like physical characteristics. I base my connection with and expression of the land in Western North Carolina on a connection honored by my ancestors. My Mom was Western Cherokee from Oklahoma, and my Dad was Eastern Cherokee from the mountains of North Carolina. Both my parents were raised in the Indian Boarding School system, and both had very meager beginnings, They literally lived close to the earth and had a gratitude for all the earth provides. I’ve lived my life in Western North Carolina, and there’s no place I’d rather be than on a creekside or mountain top. I paint to entice the viewer to go out and find these places and to experience the land. To listen to the quiet. I heard a quote once that inspires my work.. 'I can not leave here, The land knows me' ”
Bio: While she was pursuing a business degree at Appalachian State University, Ms. Hornbuckle took an after hours drawing class. That led to a degree in Design at Western Carolina University, and then a Fine Arts Degree with a Concentration in Painting from Western Carolina University in 1984. She likes to say, however, that she “really studied art in the woods of western North Carolina.” In addition to her expressive landscapes, she has produced a number of public art projects, including a series of three fifteen-foot murals at the entrance of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, a series of five fourteen-foot murals for Harrah’s Cherokee Resort, and she worked with Roy Moose to create a nine-foot tall bronze statue of Selu, the mythical Corn Mother, at Harrah’s in Cherokee.