|Tenants to the heart|
As expressions of illuminated thoughts, the subject of Nancyanne Cowell's work is life and energy. Using the natural world as a source of inspiration, her paintings capture momentary glimpses of the cyclical nature of our existence.
Steeped in the tradition of European Romanticism, Cowell paints with contemporary materials -- such as acrylic resins, pastes and gels -- as she responds directly and intuitively to the energy of free-form expression. Profoundly interested in the innate qualities of the paint itself, the surfaces are sensuous yet robust. Created using an array of unusual tools, these multi-layered surfaces extend the boundaries of traditional painting. Throughout the creative process, Cowell relies heavily upon the written word and this importance of the word is paralleled in her work by the calligraphic quality of the mark-making. Mind-maps, journal entries and lines of poetry that document personal responses to situations and experiences are all grist for the mill, providing inspiration for series and often becoming titles for individual paintings.
|Kneeling by time's kiss|
The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm
Breaking the Box: The Alternative, Libertarian Exhibition, Spaces Created by Rothko & Judd. Photos courtesy of artist - www.nancyannecowell.ca