Nancy Conrad (American, born 1940)

    Blanco Reflections
    Oil on canvas
    Signed lower right corner: Conrad
    48 x 84 inches (121.9 x 213.4 cm)

    'Visual silence' is a phrase often invoked by Nancy Conrad in producing her prolific landscapes of her native Texas. "I use the water and sky as metaphors for my life," she once said, In Blanco Reflections, Conrad masterfully uses both to highlight this picture of a West Texas river she knows so well. A Texan who has exhibited widely and is collected by not only Texans but people around the Southwest and across the United States, her landscapes of familiar scenes have given her the opportunity to express her love of the state through art.

    The 7 feet wide painting in oil on canvas is focused on the symmetry of the sky, its reflection on the peaceful river and the white limestone for which Spanish settlers gave the river its name almost 300 years ago. Metaphorically speaking Conrad says, "The reflection represents how we are affected by the world and how we are perceived." Her use of minute ever-changing shades of green in the grasses and junipers bring a sense of realism to the picture that very few artists can achieve. With her familiarity of the region as a background, her love of the Texas Hill Country and introspective style translates into fine works of art.

    Purchased from Adelle M. Gallery, Dallas (1986)

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