Nancy Nichols-Pethick

Nancy Nichols-PethickNancy Nichols-Pethick was born in Alaska and grew up in rural Maine. She received her BFA in Drawing from the University of Southern Maine in 1996, and her MFA in Painting from Indiana State University in 2000. She teaches painting and drawing at ISU, and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including (most recently) an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant for 2017/18.

“What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.”

Gerard Manley Hopkins, Inversnaid

I’ve always been drawn to wild places -- woods, swamps, fields overrun with weeds and wildflowers – independent of human intervention. The natural world buzzes with energy, diversity, and change. So does the world of paint.
When I’m painting, I look for surprises: the twist of a brushstroke that makes it unlike the strokes around it; drips, runs, and thick patches of paint; the third color created at the nearly imperceptible boundary where two colors meet. And while these things may not be immediately apparent to the viewer, I hope that viewers will recognize in my work the restless energy -- the “weeds and wildness” -- I admire in the world.

Nancy Nichols-Pethick
August 2017


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