This is an imagined landscape. It is inspired by The Hobbit, also called There and Back Again. I wanted this landscape to feel like the start of an adventure. A bit happy but with a slight feeling of foreboding; a storm you can't see, but you can smell the electricity in the air. This painting is on cradled wood panel with finished white edges. It comes varnished and ready to hang.

- Nicole Ryan

There and Back Again

Oil painting on wood

Signed on front and back

12" h x 24" w x 1.75" d
2 lbs. 6 oz.



Nicole Ryan
Mercer, Pennsylvania

Getting to Know Nicole

Nicole Ryan paints imagined landscapes, but surprisingly, she’s not all that interested in landscape paintings. Rather, she is interested in the concept of memory. “My goal is to recreate a place I feel I was but can’t quite pinpoint,” she says. As memories move from reality to abstraction, it becomes easier to misremember things, or think they may have just been a dream. This hazy area is Nicole’s source of inspiration. She uses color to create ethereal landscapes that illustrate the purgatory between memory and imagination, the real and the unreal.