Nan Nixon

As Monty Python famously put it, “And now for something completely different” probably best describes my decision to try painting after a long career representing universities in Washington, DC. Once discovered, the challenge, the surprise and the satisfaction of painting has kept me returning to the easel. Simply put, I paint because I love it.

Using acrylics, I work in a realistic style. Although I naturally tend to focus on detail, I have found that I prefer to paint in broader strokes both with the brush and the palette knife. I often paint seascapes and landscapes that reflect the extraordinary colors found in nature, which painting and its study have enhanced my ability to see. Cloud shapes, the movement of water and the subtle colors of snow continue to intrigue me and increasingly I am drawn to painting scenes with a misty/mysterious feeling that I feel take them beyond the actual images represented.

Since 2006, I have taken courses in drawing, Chinese brush painting, botanical watercolor and, more recently, acrylic painting.



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