This painting was based on a view of the Deschutes River in Central Oregon between Dillon and Benham Falls. The river winds through the Deschutes National forest and presents a huge diversity of scenery from waterfalls, to rapids, to calm reflecting pools such as this one. The reflection of the evergreen trees on the smooth surface and the tall grass that lined the river were inspiring.
The piece is on gallery wrapped canvas with brown edges. 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."