Dirk Walker

Oil paint & Water Color

Dirk has collectors across the country as well as overseas — both in private and corporate collections. Dirk’s paintings hang in the Birmingham, AL and Atlanta, GA corporate headquarters of Coca-Cola and in collections of the Auburn University President’s home. Most recently Dirk was the only artist outside of Georgia selected by the Atlanta Braves and SunTrust Bank to have work in the new Atlanta Braves stadium in Marietta, GA

Dirk has collectors from New York to California, as well as in the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark and Australia

Jen Starwalt


Jen Starwalt has always been artistic and felt a deep connection to nature. But it was not until she settled in Brevard, NC, after having lived for a year in Costa Rica that Jen began creating her signature large-scale wildlife portraits with detailed layers of highly pigmented color. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Jen uses 100 percent pure dry pigment soft pastels. She paints on an oxidized sanded paper made specifically to grab hold of the small granules of a soft pastel. She first blocks out all major shapes of light and shadow as an oil painter would do, then builds up layer upon layer of color to achieve her final painting. Jen hopes that, through her art, people will gain a greater appreciation for animals and be inspired to reconnect with nature.

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Peter Krobath

Oil paint & Water Color

Peter J. Krobath was born in Graz, Austria in 1951 and immigrated five years later with his family to the United States. With no formal art training Mr. Krobath entered Syracuse University School of Art in 1969 graduating with a BFA. Over 25 years Peter was employed with two of the country's most prominent marketing and promotion agencies. During this period, although not regularly exhibiting, Peter was able to establish a wide body of work that attests to America's richness in nature and landscape. After relocating to the North Carolina mountains in 2020, he has been fueling his passion full-time. His medium alternates between watercolor and oils. His work is held privately in collections throughout the country and parts of Europe.

William Colburn

Metal Art

William has exhibited in thirty states throughout North America and continues to travel the U.S. participating in art festivals primarily during the spring and summer months, has won numerous arts and festival awards since 1994 and has gained recognition in the iron and metal art industry. Fabricated iron and steel sculpture is designed and created by the artist in his private studio. 

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Annell Metzger

Portrait Artist

Known professionally as Annell, Charlotte, North Carolina artist Annell L. Metsker shares creative time in Charlotte and in her art studio on Lake Glenville, NC near Cashiers and Highlands in the Western NC mountains.   Her intuitive approach in working with children, seniors, women and families makes her one of the most sought after photographers and artists in the Southeastern US.

William A. Whiteside

Acrylic & Watercolor

William A. Whiteside was a nationally recognized artist who's art showed along side Andrew Wyeth, John Chumley and Peter Hurd in the 1970's. Pieces of his art are displayed in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. In 1976 he opened William Whiteside Art Gallery in Cashiers, N.C. and continued his career till 2014 when he retired at 90 years old. Known for his traditional landscape style in watercolor, acrylic and egg tempera he had one man shows nationally until 1975. He was a native of Florida and received his M.F.A and Bachelors of Fine Art from Florida State University. Following his formal training, he also went on to teach at FSU, North Texas University, and Western Carolina University. At FSU he taught former President George W. Bush in art which might have been an inspiration for his current hobby. Whiteside passed away peacefully in 2017 at 93 years of age.