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.