Smith Rock is a nationally known rock climbing destination in the high desert of Central Oregon, a hub of outdoor recreation. As I walked the trail that circles the perimeter of the rocks, the light bouncing off of the craggy peaks and the deep shadows inspired this landscape painting.

This piece was created using professional grade acrylic paints on a gallery wrapped canvas. The sides are painted black and it comes ready to hang. 

- Nancy Merkle

Smith Rock

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

20" h x 20" w x .75" d
1 lbs. 0 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."