Nancy Ging Member Since April 2008 Artist Statement I live in a natural island paradise in the northwestern corner of Washington state. Nearly every day I experience magical, fleeting moments of beauty and life that take my breath away. Using a camera, I try to capture the visual details of some of those ephemeral moments as they occur. Then, later in the studio, I add my memory of what the experience was like and work to express the wholeness of those moments in paintings so I can share them with others.
I began creating art in earnest just recently at the age of 56. I started out using acrylics as a medium, and then tried using soft pastels and fell in love. The purity of the pastel pigment is visually delightful, and kinesthetically I enjoy the drawing-like movements of applying the color and the feel of the varied paper textures.
Artistically, I draw inspiration from the confidence and spontaneity of works by Harley Brown, the composition and authenticity of Albert Handell’s landscapes, and the vigor and action in Dawn Emerson’s paintings. At the most fundamental level, I work to create paintings with the degree of aliveness achieved by Mary Cassatt.