Southern Muse is the home page of the North Georgia artist, Deborah Pritchett, of Murray County, Georgia. Pritchett is a painter, writer and webmaster. This site serves as a platform for her voice and vision. Here, you'll find links to her artwork, essays and poems.
Pritchett's favorite painting genre or motif is landscape. Her landscapes and still-lifes have brilliant, jewel-like color. The landscapes include scenes of the beautiful, blue Cohutta mountains of North Georgia. Pritchett also enjoys portraiture. Her portraits are almost narrative in nature and sometimes humorous. For instance, Sisters: Ina and Esther, is a wonderful, humorous depiction of two Southern women, sisters. Ina, the one on the left, appears exuberant and uninhibited. She hugs her sister with more enthusiasm, perhaps, than Esther enjoys. You can imagine the two in their relationship as sisters. Three People on a Sofa is an interesting depiction of three blue-jean clad individuals who, perhaps, seem slightly out of place in the fussy, middle-class American sitting room, which would be more suited to a couple of ladies at tea. The still-life paintings show an influence of Cezanne. There are acrylic, oil, watercolor and gouache (opaque watercolor) paintings. One of the paintings is called, The Oven Bird
. Read about the painting and the poem that inspired it.
D.K. Pritchett also enjoys creative writing. Her range includes essays, narrative poetry and poems that feature strong, rich imagery. She has written several essays, including an essay on Eudora Welty's "Why I Live At The P.O." and an essay on two war poems, Emerson's "Concord Hymn" and Owens' "Dulce Et Decorum Est." One essay was written as a practice test for the Georgia Praxis exam's essay section.
The American South is another of D.K. Pritchett's interests. She grew up in the South and is fascinated by the legend, humor and myth that pervade the image of the South, particularly the South of the Appalachian Mountains. Pritchett has searched the web for documentation on Appalachia. She has also provided a genealogy of selected families of Alabama, North Georgia, and East Tennessee. The main family lines are the Pritchetts of Murray County, Georgia (who came from Gilmer County, Georgia, and before that, from Buncombe County, North Carolina). She has also researched the Headricks of Blount County, Tennessee, focusing on the branches which moved into Murray County, Georgia.
The history of North Georgia is another interest. About Dalton Carpet tells about North Georgia's carpet industry. Southern Muse provides selected links to North Georgia sites. The site also provides, as a public service, an information page for the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, a not-for-profit agency covering Murray County, Georgia, and Whitfield County, Georgia. Pritchett is a volunteer and former publicity officer for the historical society. Other history and genealogy projects include biographies. Southern Muse includes a genealogy of the Headrick family, including the early generations of the Jacob and Polly (Rice) Headrick line, biographies of old Jacob and Polly (Rice) Headrick, ancestors of many Headricks in the Tennessee Valley area, Winfield Scott Murray, an early immigrant of Union and Fannin County, Georgia, and Murial Williams, late professor of literature at LaGrange College. The Murial B. Williams Award for Excellence in Literary Studies was named in her memory.
This site might be of interest to anyone researching southern artists, Murray County artists, or artists of Georgia, particularly of the North Georgia mountains. It is also pertinent to: anyone who attended Chattanooga Valley Elementary School (Chattanooga Valley, Walker County, Georgia) 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970; anyone who attended Murray County Junior High or Murray County High School (Chatsworth, Murray County, Georgia) in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977; anyone who attended Young Harris College (Young Harris, Towns County, Georgia) in 1977, 1978 or 1979; and anyone who attended LaGrange College (LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia) in 1979, 1980 and 1981. Pritchett has previously worked at the Chattahoochee Valley Art Association (now called the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum) in LaGrange, Georgia. She has exhibited works of art at the Chattahoochee Valley Art Association (at the LaGrange National (LaGrange, Georgia). Anyone researching or documenting the LaGrange National Art Exhibit might find this page useful. Pritchett has entered Dalton Georgia's Creative Arts Guild Festival Patron's Purchase Exhibit and Competition several times. Exhibits, awards and biographical mentions in Marquis Who's Who publications are documented in Deborah Pritchett's Curriculum Vitae. Licensing for Southern Muse: CC License
Favorite Local Links: Chatsworth-Murray County Chamber of Commerce and Murray County Museum).
Art and writing on the Southern Muse website are by D.K. Pritchett under a Creative Commons license (generally by-nc-sa unless otherwise stated). Some rights are reserved. For additional information, see license. Blogs by Southern Muse are published separately by D.K. Pritchett, under various license agreements. Licensing information for blogs can be found at the bottom of each blog.
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