This painting was inspired by a grove of birch trees on the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, located on Puget Sound in the State of Washington. The reserve is a fantastic nature preserve that inspires visitors during all seasons. This painting was a response to the beauty of the autumn season. The foreground of the painting is highly textured with acrylic paints and mediums. The upper half of the art displays the warm colors of the fall leaves. 

- Nancy Merkle

Bloedel Autumn

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

24" h x 18" w x 1.5" d
1 lbs. 5 oz.



Nancy Merkle
Tacoma, Washington

Getting to Know Nancy

Nancy Merkle's process begins with a glimpse of color, a flicker of light, a pattern, or a texture. Elements swirl in her mind for hours, sometimes days, sometimes weeks before a design clicks and is transferred to canvas. With the canvas in front of her, she works intuitively -- a mark here, a mark there, a little touch of color, a bit of texture -- until she is satisfied and declares the work finished. Currently Nancy's work leans toward abstraction; she doesn't paint the world as it is, but as she wishes it were. Bold colors and loose brush strokes are her goal. When she's not making art, Nancy travels the Pacific Coast with a bicycle strapped to the car and "curiosity in my back pocket."