Through my paintings I hope to convey the wonder and sense of joy that I find in humanity and in the natural world that surrounds us. I love the vivid colors of alcohol inks, a fluid medium that creates surprising and spontaneous textures and expressions. I also paint with acrylics, watercolors, gouache, pastels, and oils, selecting the materials that best convey the abstract or representational subjects that interest me. Pattern and repetition are sometimes enhanced in my mixed media pieces that incorporate printing techniques, painting, and collage elements. My goal is to engage the viewer in a visual dialogue that encourages and delights.
Working in a variety of media, I have studied and taught art locally and in places as diverse as Italy, New England, Ohio, and Virginia. I love to explore new media and techniques and to broaden my visual repertoire through travel and close observation of this amazing world. Some of my work is whimsical, some is energetic and complex, some is serene. My hope is that my work here in Number 7 Arts complements the work of my fellow artists, and adds something different and unique to our cooperative gallery.
Nancy E. Richards