Artist's Statement

Fractals of realism and abstraction often produce images of other worldliness, culminating in viewers' perceptions of my journeys through their own personal experiences. 

In my photographic work, I present immediate, visceral responses from my daily travels. Exploring both natural and urban imagery, I enjoy finding fragments which I purposefully juxtapose for aesthetic intrigue, engaging the viewer in visual, intellectual mind play. Expectations of immediate recognition may be modified through this process, as perception is seemingly disarmed.

My painting and print work continues to reflect rhythms of nature.  While periodically I venture back in the plein air tradition of landscape painting and traditional printmaking processes, my current work predominately employs a diversity of methodologies, capturing nature’s bounty through processes of thought and hand. I use a marriage of drawing, paint, print and digital media as a process-oriented bridge, which connects my technical grounding in artistic tradition with 21st century innovation. Through close-up observation, I challenge myself to look beyond the obvious. 

Mindfully protective of the meditative and restorative qualities of the environment, I examine the man-made order and natural chaos found in the landscape, using layers of observed patterns and nuances of value shifts juxtaposed in carefully considered compositions. 

-Nancy McTague-Stock