DescriptionNancy Conrad (American, born 1940)
Fork of the Pedernales
Oil on canvas
Signed lower right corner: Conrad
48 x 84 inches (121.9 x 213.4 cm)
The stair-step limestone benches of the Pedernales River of West Texas provide the scenery for Nancy Conrad's Fork of the Pedernales painting in a land she loves and depicts in fine art so well. In this 7 feet wide canvas she succeeds in fulfilling one of her goals in her art, that of giving the viewer the "illusion of space". "I hope to invoke a contemplative, reflective moment for the viewer," she says. With a double major in painting and art history, she studied Oriental art and the method of creating a 'visual silence'. She seeks to raise that style to a 'spiritual level', a goal she has achieved in this peaceful work.
The Hill Country grasses, the limestone river bed falling down to the small pool in front of the viewer - Conrad has placed it all here in this panoramic. Conrad has captured the ever-changing landscape and sky with her persistent mastery of greens, blues and browns. Her delicate brushwork has brought her much recognition in publications such as Southwest Art.
Adelle M. Gallery, Dallas (1986)
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