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For She Is the Breadth of the Power of God   Jan Neal, Curator                                                                                                                             presented June 15, 2006

 
 
 

 

 
Tulips in Early Dawn Light I
by Nan Nalder
(Mixed media, 18" x 24")
S
t. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle - Washington

homenan@serv.net
 

 
Painting for me is a prayerful act and opens a door into spiritual sight. Through painting, I reflect upon the beauty given to us by our creator and towards which I am capable of intense feelings and profound contemplation. I find drawing and painting provide me with an opportunity to reflect on issues of concern to me – from a tumultuous past to a hoped for calmer present. I become totally absorbed in another world and the sense of time disappears. The act of painting provides me with a sense of place from which I see beyond the realities of the surface and go seeking for that which I love in nature and capture it. The process is one of ever learning to see anew and understanding through this precious gift of sight an expanded range of images presented by nature; a special and particular vision making itself known through my eyes in which both the seen and the unseen are recombined in a representative whole.
 
For me the act of painting provides an opportunity to study how ordinary things are transformed by light shining through them; and, to reflect on the relative value of things and knowing that relative value I can do anything. I can build upon them – I can set aside those that I deem important at that moment and select those that intrigue me. In nature the most vital elements and activities endure only for a moment – it is the gesture of that moment that recalls the memory of the vitality that I set out to capture.
 
I am deeply drawn to gardens and the indescribable beauty through the seasons – my own and places I have been privileged to visit.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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