The Governors Project

Special Art Commission from North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue

In 2011, the meeting of the Southern Governors’ Association was hosted by North Carolina at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. NC Governor Beverly Perdue commissioned Elizabeth Ellison to paint watercolors of the mountains of Western North Carolina to be given as gifts to the attending governors.

Governor Perdue wrote Elizabeth, “It is so wonderful that the governors at the Southern Governors” Association meeting went home carrying a vision of North Carolina. Your paintings are just beautiful and I’m so pleased that I also have one to enjoy.”

In an interview, Elizabeth stated that she was very honored to have been selected and really appreciates the framing work which Charles Heath of Heath Creations, Bryson City, did to enhance the beauty of the paintings.

To view a larger image, simply click on a picture.

“Mountain Mosaic”
Governor of Alabama
Robert Bentley

“Evening Glow”
Governor of Puerto Rico
Luis Fortuño

“Morning Mist”
Governor of Arkansas
Mike Beebe

“June Glory”
Governor of Virginia
Bob McDonnell

“The Morning Light”
Governor of Florida
Rick Scott

“Mountain Daisy Fields”
Governor of Georgia
Nathan Deal

“The North Carolina Blue Ridge”
Governor of North Carolina
Beverly Eaves Perdue

“Out of Mist”
Governor of Tennessee
Bill Haslam

“And Then the Mountains”
Southern Governors’ Association Offices

“Along the Tuckaseigee River”
Governor of Missouri
Jay Nixon

Elizabeth Ellison Gallery
155 Main Street
Bryson City, North Carolina 28713



The Gallery is open (usually) Tuesday - Sunday from about 10:30 am - 4:00 pm. It is best to call to make sure I am there, especially if you are coming from out of town. I am happy to schedule an appointment at almost anytime as I live close by and LinaBlue and I are happy to have visitors.

Elizabeth is now representing Ann Smith and Quintin Ellison in her gallery in the Old Clampitt Hardware building.

Elizabeth offers private lessons in watercolor at the studio. Give her a call for more information.