A Painterly Walk through the Woods is an installation with sound, consisting of ninety-eight 6-inch-by-6-inch abstract landscape paintings on stretched canvases. The paintings are placed two inches from each other, creating a continuous line throughout the space, becoming one work of art. By repeating the canvases, I have achieved unity, a walking trail in a gallery space. The installation is accompanied by bird sounds in the distance, serenading the viewer while he or she is looking at the paintings.
I am trying to create the illusion of being in the woods or taking a walk through a city park in an enclosed space. Nature sooths my body and clears my mind, allowing me to meditate and imagine the world at peace. A world where everyone is understanding and accepting of each other, becoming one nation.
Nature is an escape, a beautiful world under an enriching sky, with trees, babbling brooks and small innocent creatures everywhere. No two paintings are the same, each painting is different, just as no two trees or leaves are the same. I have captured precious moments in time and transformed them into abstract compositions inspired by nature.
I wish to share my ideas and vision through my paintings. When I explore nature, I mentally record what I see, and then go back to my studio to explore what I’ve seen. The medium I prefer is acrylic paint, the surface is canvas.
My compositions, 6 by 6 inches or 48 by 48 inches are energetic and very personal. Blended colors become atmospheric, adding mystery and movement in each painting. With a brush, I make my pieces come alive, at times, using dotted lines and dotted shapes to illustrate natures language as I understand it. The small shaped drawings attached to the paintings, represent our interaction with nature. The human touch, the act of touching a leaf, building a camp fire or picking wild flowers. My favorite moments in time are my walks in the park or in the woods with my wonderful husband and two Siberian Huskies.
Nancy was born and raised in the upper Westside of New York City. Her parents were both born in Puerto Rico moving to New York in the late fifties. She received a BFA in painting from Parsons The New School for Design and her MFA from Hunter College, New York. She and her husband live in Charlotte. Nancy teaches art part-time at Central Piedmont Community College and Gaston College.
The Nature of Nature: A Photographers Walk
with R. Wayne Wrights
Nature photography is a beautiful art that really brings us closer to the world we live in, and the view through the camera’s lens helps us capture it every day. The natural world is full of beautiful sights - but capturing them on camera is not so easy.
Nature photography covers to a wide range of images taken outdoors, devoted to showcasing the world in its natural form. From wildlife to landscapes to plants and beyond. You can’t take pictures of nature without being out in it.
There are limitless possibilities in nature photography, ranging from standard photography to macro photography to capture all the smallest details of the natural world we live in. Nature offers infinity of views.
Nature, in the broadest sense, is equivalent to the natural world, physical world, or material world. "Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and to life in general. Although humans are part of nature, human activity is often understood as a separate category from other natural phenomena.
I firmly believe that nature brings peace in all troubles.
JANE RITCHIE was born in Gainesville, Florida into a family that loved nature. Her father was a professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida and her mother was a writer and poet. She and her brother and sister grew up playing in the Florida woods and coastal areas.
Jane earned her Bachelors degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters in Landscape Architecture at NC State’s School of Design. After working in Charlotte for a landscape architecture firm, she and her husband relocated to Salisbury. In October of 1985, she took a job with the City of Salisbury as their first city landscape architect.
Her job with the city included a wide range of responsibilities, including staff liaison with the Tree Board, Appearance Commission & Hurley Park Advisory Board. She designed and managed the construction and planting of various parks, parking lots, streetscapes, facade improvements and greenways. The most exciting and satisfying project for her has been Hurley Park, which was one of her first city projects and which she continues to work on today.
In the early 1980s, the city-owned property that is now Hurley Park was an overgrown neighborhood drainage area with a mixture of woods and open land. The Appearance Commission encouraged city council to develop the land into a park with trails & plantings. Conceptual plans were put together for Annandale Park, as it was then known, and park development funds were to be gradually raised through civic groups and grants.
In 1985, the Hurley family came forward with a generous donation in memory of Elizabeth Holmes Hurley. This donation changed everything. They were able to include many fine features, amenities and plantings in the final design that were not originally going to be possible and the time frame for development sped up considerably.
A very dedicated and active citizen board was appointed to help oversee the park’s development and an excellent staff was hired. The final designs for the park and construction began in November of 1986. Jane served as both designer and on-site manager for the entire park construction process. Her responsibilities included locating all the paths, gazebos, bridges, stone walls, other structures, garden design, and tree plantings. The park officially opened and was dedicated at the first Hurley Park Spring Celebration on April 10, 1988.
Hurley Park is a fine example of a successful, long-term joint venture between public and private interests as the Hurley Foundation and the city continue to contribute to its perpetual maintenance and care.
Jane chose to become self-employed in 1992 and continued designing the gardens and other park improvements as Hurley Park’s consulting landscape architect throughout these 30 plus years. She serves as the chairperson for the city council appointed Hurley Park Advisory Board and also serves on the Hurley Park Foundation board.
Other landscape architecture work includes local residential and commercial landscape design as well as several other small garden parks. Jane designed the original Sensory Garden for Waterworks Visual Art Center at its former location and planned the plantings here at the current gallery.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center 123 East Liberty Street Salisbury NC 28144 p. 704.636.1882 f. 704.636.1895