Painting the natural world from a scenic studio
Inspired to paint, a decade ago Linda Relis bought a home in Brasstown and immediately added a painting studio. Wanting to share her love of the area, she opened her studio to the public. In a home/studio with a more homey feel than a traditional gallery, visitors have an opportunity view her paintings in a less formal atmosphere. Set against a beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Brasstown Bald, Relis Art Studio North is frequented by visiting deer and turkey who give the artist countless ideas for new paintings.
The private studio setting allows the artist to spend one-on-one time with prospective buyers explaining how the work is created. Linda Relis’s extensive interior design background helps the visitor select the right piece based on where the piece will be hung in the buyer’s home. The artist also accepts commissioned work. Many clients request pet portraits, as well as landscapes of favorite places, either here in the mountains or places they’ve traveled to. Many of her paintings reflect her beautiful surroundings.
Relis Art Studio North is located two miles from the John C. Campbell Folk School. Open seven days a week by appointment, visitors to the area are welcome to call and drop in. Finished paintings, as well as new works in different stages of development, are on view. There is a variety of subject matter to choose from in a style that is best described as traditional realism. In addition to original paintings executed in a representational style, the artist also offers giclee reproductions. The four walls of Relis Art Studio North are covered with paintings, tote bags, and note cards.