Mrs. Jessamine Shumate is perhaps the only local artist to use a burned cookie sheet and a blowtorch to do some of her painting. She used her blowtorch to put a wax coat on the many different "collages" that she does, and the blisters on a burned cookie sheet served as the pattern for one of her favorite abstract paitings. An extremely versatile artist, she does still lifes, drip paintings, historical maps, silk screen prints, decorative panels and metal sculpturing as well as "collages" and abstracts. A retired teacher in the Henry County School System. Mrs. Shumate began painting 20 years ago as a hobby. Her interest in art grew following her graduation from Martinsville High School. She studied art at Averett College, Lynchburg College, the University of North Carolina Women's College and the New York Students League. She considers herself a "colorist" because her "love of color and design" inspires many of her paintings. Mrs. Shumate does most of her paintings in pastels, olis and water colors. Although she admits that many of her paintings are realistic, she cites abstracts and still lifes as her favorite types of painting because the yallow the artistmore freedom of self expression. Shortly after her retirement Mrs. Shumate painted historical maps of Guilford County and Pitt County, both in North Carolina, and Henry County in the state of Virginia. The maps which often required as much as two years of research, contain miniature reproductions of old home sites, county and state flags and many other sites of historical importance.