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September 1 - October 31, 2012, North Wing Gallery
Nancy's website: www.fineartbynancyhilgert.com
Born in Washington, DC and raised in Northern Virginia at the edge of horse country, Nancy reflects that she felt in some ways like a fish out of water in an upscale suburb so near the hubbub of our nation’s capitol. But, for a little girl in love with the outdoors, animals, riding and drawing, it was in another way fertile ground for how she believes she’s made.
“I don’t remember when I started drawing; I only remember always doing it. And it didn’t matter if it was a pencil, a crayon or a stick in the mud, anything was fine with me,” she laughs. Earning a BFA double major in Drawing and Studio Art from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Nancy studied watercolor, figure drawing, sculpture, cinematography, several forms of print making and mixed media, enjoying them all, but loving graphite, intaglio and lithography most.
Two themes dominant in Nancy’s current work are The Smokies Series and Ocean Things. The artist loves to travel and hike to photograph nature and historic architecture, as well as collect objects for the subject matter of her work. The Northern California and Oregon coasts are where the Ocean Things series was born. Renderings of pebbles of polished lava rock and other found sea objects have been developing rapidly since 2009. Both series have evolved from mixed graphite on a variety of papers to layering graphite with colored and charcoal pencils on tinted pastel paper. “I love subtle color with graphite, some of it applied and some coming from the paper itself.” Nancy uses anywhere from seven to ten different weights of lead layered with other drawing media to bring simple things to vibrant life. From lava pebbles to sand dollars, log, iron and stone, these images resonate with photo realism.
Founder of Women Artists of Middle Tennessee, Nancy is also a juried member of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc., NY, the Arts Council of Williamson County, Xanadu Studio of Scottsdale, Arizona and a juried artist with the Tennessee Artisans Market at The Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee. This award winning artist loves life with her Giant Schnauzer “Bart”, working in her home studio on commissions and her own inspirations for galleries, collectors and competitions.
I love the many ranges and forms of graphite. All the weights of lead, charcoal pencils, colored and metallic pencils, have their own signature; when layered and worked together, the result has significant depth and expression. I may use as many as 20 different drawing tools in a single piece. Skillfully applied, you don’t so much see the medium as you see the subject celebrated and alive. Using papers of different textures and hue adds another dimension to the result of how pencils respond.
I feel passion for every subject I draw; it’s inherent beauty is my inspiration, fueled by the medium. Each subject has something profound to say on it’s own, with an inner life I work to reveal. My goal is not entirely to be photographic, however. I see each piece as an interpretation of the subject’s natural and “actual” beauty.
I love detail, the tiny components of light, line and value, every small aspect important to the sum of the greater image. Even working as much as 70 hours with a magnifying glass on a single 16” x 20” piece, time flies for me.
Currently, the technique of combining the hues of pastel paper with layered graphite and colored pencils in a composition is very exciting. Subtle color amplifies the drama of graphite. My process is fed by the sanctuary of my studio. Keeping as many favorite papers, drawing media and even frames on hand as I can, I listen to music during all my drawing; assorted instrumental and classical recordings especially for composition and color palette development.
“Man is not free to refuse to do the thing which gives him more pleasure than any other conceivable action.” - Stendahl
The Walker Sisters’ Cabin ©
Limited edition prints of original graphite drawing
18” x 24” #3011p, $75
Under The Schoolhouse ©
2012 AWARD WINNER / Ralph Langreck Memorial Award
Central South Art Exhibition 2012 National
Graphite and colored pencil on pastel paper
Framed by Bennett Gallery, Nashville
18” x 22” #3017, $1190
Home Sweet Cabin Home ©
Framed and matted by Bennett Gallery, Nashville
16” x 19” #3019, $699
Drawing At the Beach ©
Graphite, colored charcoal and colored pencil
on layered Mi Tientes pastel papers
Matted and framed in ash wood
12” x 14” #3041, $336
Lava Pebbles: Eruption I ©
with layered and distressed papers in relief
Framed in wood with risers
11.5” x 13.5” #3052, $415
Lava Pebbles: Eruption II ©
11.5” x 13.5” #3053, $415
Interrupted: Triptych ©
Graphite, colored charcoal, colored pencil
on layered papers
Matted and framed in wood
20” h x approximately 63” w hanging
#3045, 3051, 3046, $3400
Volcanic Pebbles I ©
2011 AWARD WINNER
Graphite, charcoal and colored pencil
Framed and matted
22.5“ x 16.5” #3055, $680
Volcanic Pebbles II ©
The Renaissance Center 13th Annual Regional Art Exhibition
Graphite and charcoal on layered papers
22.5“ x 16.5” #3057, $680
Volcanic Pebbles III ©
22.5“ x 16.5” #3056, $680
Starfish In Heaven ©
Framed with heavy, hand torn mat
22“ x 18” #3061, $630
Sand Dollar Moon ©
22“ x 18” #3062, SOLD
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