Northwest RiverNancy Merkle
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Signed on front
18 " h x 18 " w x 1.5 " d |3 lbs. 0 oz.
During the fall and winter months, some of the brush that lines the Deschutes River in Central Oregon turns a beautiful red color. It provides a delightful contrast with the surrounding forests and the brown grass of the cool seasons. This color and reflections of it in the river provided the inspiration for this Northwest landscape. The sides of this gallery wrapped canvas are painted black and it comes ready to hang.
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."