Roy’s Folks: Rock painter

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PIEDMONT, N.C. ---Pam Thayer spends a lot of time rock-hounding on the banks of the Little Uwharrie River near her home in Randolph County. She’s not looking for any particular kind of rock, but the ones with an unusual shape catch her eye.

When she gets them home she cleans them and  then applies paint to accentuate the shape so  everyone else can see what she sees. Thayer says it’s sort of like looking at clouds and using your imagination.

Her art has portrayed everything from Elvis to Mary and Baby Jesus.

Her art is available at the “Purple Pig” on Main Street in Lexington and online at