30″ × 24″ • Acrylic on canvas
© Jerry Kirk
Depicting the iconic rock that the famous mountain town in NC is named for.
It is said that a Chickasaw chieftan, fearful of a white man’s admiration for his lovely daughter, journeyed far from the plains to bring her to The Blowing Rock and the care of a squaw mother. One day the maiden, daydreaming on the craggy cliff, spied a Cherokee brave wandering in the wilderness far below and playfully shot an arrow in his direction. The flirtation worked because soon he appeared before her wigwam, courted her with songs of his land and they became lovers, wandering the pathless woodlands and along the crystal streams.

One day a strange reddening of the sky brought the brave and the maiden to The Blowing Rock. To him it was a sign of trouble commanding his return to his tribe in the plains. With the maiden’s entreaties not to leave her, the brave, torn by conflict of duty and heart, leaped from The Rock into the wilderness far below. The grief-stricken maiden prayed daily to the Great Spirit until one evening with a reddening sky, a gust of wind blew her lover back onto The Rock and into her arms. From that day a perpetual wind has blown up onto The Rock from the valley below. For people of other days, at least, this was explanation enough for The Blowing Rock’s mysterious winds causing even the snow to fall upside down.

The original painting is available for purchase.

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The Art of Jerry Lee Kirk

As an Expressionist Painter I have won several awards, most notable being an Emerging Artist Grant from the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg. I have exhibited my work in galleries and festivals throughout the Southeast and my work is included in both corporate and private collections worldwide.

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  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...almost 4 years ago

    Just so beautiful Jerry all so splendid always Normaje.

  • Jerry Kirk
    Jerry Kirkalmost 4 years ago

    You’re the best, Norma!

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosalmost 4 years ago

    love the crisp, sharp quality of this…beautiful perspective… :)

  • Thank you so much, Pam.

    – Jerry Kirk

  • CaDra
    CaDraalmost 4 years ago

    This is a wonderful painting Jerry

  • I appreciate that, CaDra.

    – Jerry Kirk

  • NatureGreeting Cards ©ccwri
    NatureGreeting...almost 4 years ago


  • Awesome!! Thank you so much!

    – Jerry Kirk

  • biswaal
    biswaalalmost 4 years ago

    simply stunning..!!

  • Thank you so much!

    – Jerry Kirk

  • Qnita
    Qnitaabout 3 years ago

    Visit November 2011 Featured Works. for the link to the challenge of this lovely feature.

  • Thank you so very much, Qnita!

    – Jerry Kirk

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 3 years ago

    First of all let me comment on the fantasticly painted artwork Jerry. I’ve been a North Carolina resident my entire live and of course have visited this unique location several times, but this is the first time I’ve heard the legend in it’s full version before. Thank you, it was wonderfully presented Jerry.

  • Thank you so much JIm. I have lived in NC for the past 20 years and absolutely love Western NC and, in particular, the Blowing Rock area. I’m proud to say that this painting will be on the cover of the town’s 2012 Monthly Calendar…. which is out this month. Thanks again, Jerry

    – Jerry Kirk

  • linmarie
    linmarieabout 3 years ago


  • Awesome!!! Thank you linmarie!

    – Jerry Kirk

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