Nancy Merkle spends a lot of time exploring the nature around her home in Tacoma, Washington searching for special compositions in the landscape. She looks for exciting colors and lines as the foundations for her picturesque scenes. "A hike on a sunny day inspired this landscape oil painting," Nancy says. "Filtered sun and nature convey a sense of relaxation."

- Nancy Merkle

Sunny Day

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

24" h x 18" w x .75" 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."