Rhett Thurman was born in Gramling, South Carolina, a tiny hamlet at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She has lived and painted in Charleston, South Carolina, since 1970. She has achieved national acclaim for her oils and watercolors, winning awards from New York to California. She has exhibited with prestigious American and National Watercolor Societies, and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club of New York. Her work is in many private, museum and corporate collections.