Watercolors by Nancy Maxson & Portraits by Susan Holland—on display in June!
Artist Reception and Exhibit Opening: Saturday, June 4, 5—6:30pm. Refreshments served.
Nancy Maxson: “My ‘painting life’ was awakened when we moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia seventeen years ago. I’ve always loved Persian miniatures and Georgia O’Keefe’s work, a celebration of what’s right in front of us. So here, I’ve set to work to capture birdsong, woodsmoke, friendships and stillness into watercolor and inks. My work is often quickly done - in a matter of a few breaths sometimes - with thick wet watercolor paper and acrylic ink thrown in for fun. I save up quotations that I think speak to our time and encourage us through our days and then watch colors and inks 'interpret' them on paper. After all, isn’t life about light and breath and balance—and finding courageous co-conspirators to share the adventures and battles of Dante’s ‘Dark Wood’?”
Susan Holland was raised in Philadelphia, PA. She attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for 2 years in the summers as a teen-ager and was an art student in high school and college. Susan moved to Washington, D.C. and took night courses in painting at the Corcoran Gallery there. After moving to Richmond, VA, she painted at night and ran an open studio at VCU for several years. She also painted in a studio in Richmond with live models from which a love of portrait painting developed. The portraits in this exhibit were finished in the studio in 2.5 hours. Susan has lived in Nelson County for close to twenty years.
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