The subject of this painting is Mount Hood, a volcanic peak in the Cascade Range of Oregon. Autumn colors in the foreground contrast with the blue of the sky and the shadows on the snowy peak. The mountain is visible from Portland on the Northwest side of the state and from numerous small towns in the North Central landscape. It is a well-known landmark that stands tall against the skyline of the Pacific Northwest. The gallery-wrapped edges are painted black and the work comes ready to hang.

- Nancy Merkle

Mount Hood Vista

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

20" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
3 lbs. 4 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."