“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” - Thomas Merton
Living on the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado has had a huge impact on my work.. from the prairie grasses to agricultural structures and beyond.
I'm intrigued by contradictory impulses and gestures - approaching and withdrawing, overlapping and pulling apart, density and lightness, beauty and menace.
There are often many hidden layers and other conversations underneath what you see on the surface. I create history in the work as I erase and redraw, or paint over and under the elements time and again.
At this point in a 30 plus year career, success to me means seeing the work go out to good homes in the world.
Thanks for having a look, and feel free to get in touch with any questions or to see more images of the work.
Nanci has lived in California, Oregon, Maine, Iowa, Washington, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, finally settling in Colorado. Most of those moves were for grad school or teaching jobs, and each place left an imprint of its own particular visual qualities. She taught all levels of painting and drawing at University of Iowa, Morehead State, the College of William and Mary and Colorado State University. She has been awarded two Colorado state arts council fellowships, numerous merit awards and exhibited work nationally for over 25 years. She earned a BFA at University of Oregon, and an MFA at University of Iowa. See more info at erskinestudio.com