Tusquitee is a Cherokee Indian word meaning “Where the water-dogs laughed” (A Water Dog, sometimes also called mud-puppy, is a type of salamander).
According to folklore, a Cherokee hunter crossing over Tusquitee Bald in a very dry season heard voices and creeping silently toward the place from which the sound proceeded, peeped over a rock, and saw two water-dogs walking together on their hind legs along the trail and talking as they went. Their pond had dried up and they were on the way over to Nantahala River. As he listened one said to the other, “Where’s the water? I’m so thirsty that my apron (gills) hangs down,” and then both water-dogs laughed. -Wikipedia
I thought it would be fun to post the source photo my dad used to inspire this painting. I was along with him that day, he was taking photos to paint and I was creating images for my photography portfolio. This is my photo, but I am certain this was his inspiration. I always enjoy seeing what he makes, includes and excludes, of the places he visits. -todd suttles
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About Bill Suttles on ArtJolt
Bill Suttles on ArtJolt is maintained by his son, Todd Suttles. My father and I started this site during the first Covid19 self-isolation period. My dad, who is 89, continues to paint every day as he has his entire life, and I am now doing my part to bring my dad’s lifetime of work to a greater audience. Over his lifetime, he has painted thousands of paintings sitting in private and corporate collections all over the world.
As is typical with most artists, my father has never been one to toot his own horn. If he can create his art and magically have it find a happy owner, he is most comfortable. For most artists balancing the line between creating and promoting is an awkward experience. My purpose in creating this site is to bring him the exposure that will enable him to experience the accolades I feel he deserves but won’t pursue.
Thank You for visiting us and please tell your friends about my dad’s art. – Todd Suttles, 2020