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Nancy Friese: New Works from Nature

June 22 – July 28

The artist herself speaks most eloquently about her work and the impact nature has had on her subject matter and method.

“Landscape painting is a composite of things seen, remembered and felt. By studying nature’s phenomena, I tie visual observations to experience. With unpeopled views, scenes and vistas, one can enter a more philosophical, personal and timeless place. I grew up looking outward from the cliffs of the great lakes and the prairies of the northern plains. Treetops bays, rivers, forests, shorelines, rocks, fields, and the human landscape edging these places fed my imagination. I remain in that world through the paintings and prints of nature close-at-hand.”

Friese’s richly textured, vibrantly colored canvases vividly convey that statement from the heart and soul of an artist. Ranging in size from small – 15” x 28” works, to large – 72” x 84” works, Nancy Friese brings the joy, accuracy and immediacy of plein air painting to the eyes of the viewer. Works depict forests, ponds, lakes and paths through the natural environment that the artist is so clearly enamoured of. This exhibition takes landscape depiction to a level that is unusually beautiful.

Bay Light, Oil on linen, 15″ x 28″, 2005

Bright Entry, Oil on linen, 40″ x 54″

 November Sky, Connecticut, Oil on linen, 40″ x 54″  

Path and Pond, Oil on linen, 27″ x 27″, 2004

 

Pink Sky, Oil on linen, 22″ x 28″, 2005

 

River of the North, Oil on linen, 40″ x 54″, 2001

 

The Long Twilight, Oil on linen, 40″ x 54″, 2001

 

The Plains, Oil on linen, 40″ x 54″