Western PrairieNancy Merkle
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang
Signed on back
20 " h x 16 " w x 1.5 " d |2 lbs. 1 oz.
A semi abstracted depiction of a western prairie. Colorful grasslands contrast with the meandering stream. Created with a palette knife on a hand stretched canvas.
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."