Monumental Watercolor Paintings is a one-person exhibition of work by Nancy Friese. Working consistently as a plein-air artist for the past thirty years, Friese’s work captures the natural spontaneity and intertwining of clusters of trees and foliage beneath lively skies. Friese’s work departs from traditional plein-air painting with heightened color and animated brushstrokes. Friese has been invited to paint at many distinguished arboretums and national land trust such Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, Long Island; Giverny, Gasny, France; Westerly Land Trust, Rhode Island, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora, North Dakota to name a few. The current exhibition will feature large scale watercolor paintings inspired by the landscapes of Connecticut, Colorado, North Dakota and Rhode Island.
Each watercolor is a layered depiction of a landscape that Friese visits several times, with the large sheets of lanagravure paper, over the course of its completion. These visits are reflected in the subtle light and shadows of each work that capture a bright spot of summer sun and inky covering of a coming storm. The paintings sometimes feature a tumultuous sky filled with clouds in shades of royal blue, purples and grays that compliment the vibrant greens, yellow, and pinks of the landscape reminding the viewer of the power of nature juxtaposed with the beauty of the land. Friese’s mastery of color and brush create paintings filled with texture, depth, and flashes of movement.
Nancy Friese received her B.S. from the University of North Dakota, her MFA from Yale University and the Graduate Program at University of California Berkeley where she was a student of painter Elmer Bischoff.