Island TreesNancy Merkle
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Signed on front
16 " h x 16 " w x 1.5 " d |2 lbs. 0 oz.
An island of trees on Lake Cushman on the edge of the Olympic Mountains in Washington inspired this landscape. The lake was formed when a dam was built along the Skokomish River. The evergreen trees of the Pacific Northwest contrasted with beautiful deciduous trees that were beginning to show a tinge of fall color. The painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished black 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."