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    • Rim of Sunlight and Trees 2016-17
    • oil on canvas: 50 x 100 inches
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    • Spring Arbor 2017
    • diptych: oil on linen: 48 x 96 inches
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    • Along the Stream 2014-17
    • oil on canvas: 30 x 30 inches
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    • Mountain Path 2014-17
    • oil on linen: 30 x 30 inches
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    • Avondale Farm Preserve I 2007
    • oil on linen: 30 x 30 inches
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    • Avondale Farm Preserve II 2007
    • oil on linen: 30 x 30 inches
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    • Late Summer Stillness 2016
    • charcoal, ink, watercolor: 12.5 x 36 inches
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    • Scattering Light in Winter 2017
    • watercolor: 12 x 37 inches
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    • River Arbor
    • watercolor monotype: 32.75 x 44 inches
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    • Rim of Trees
    • watercolor monotype: 32.75 x 44 inches
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    • Arbor View 2017
    • watercolor monotype: 32.75 x 44 inches
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    • Still Grove 2016
    • soft ground etching with aquatint, drypoint and roulette on Hahnemühle paper: 24 x 48 inches (image); 30 x 54 inches (paper)
    • Edition of 20
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    • Still Grove Drawing 2016
    • pen, colored pencil, pencil on Newsprint: 24 x 48 inches
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    • Open Lands Under Wide Skies 2015
    • relief print: 15 x 75 inches
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    • Open Lands Under Wide Skies 2015
    • relief print: 15 x 75 inches
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    • After the Storm 2015
    • monotype: 32.75 x 27.25 inches
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    • August Trees 2015
    • watercolor: 40 x 119 inches
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    • Summer Pathway 2015
    • watercolor: 40 x 119 inches
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    • Lake Light 2015
    • watercolor: 40 x 119 inches
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    • Under Fall Leaves 2015
    • watercolor: 24 x 30 inches
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    • Morning Trees 2013
    • watercolor: 41 x 41 inches
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    • Wild Vine 2013
    • watercolor: 41 x 41 inches
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    • Three Trees 2013
    • watercolor: 41 x 41 inches
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    • Under the Leaves 2012
    • watercolor: 22 x 30 inches
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    • Way to the Sea 2012
    • watercolor: 41 x 41 inches
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    • Early Moonrise 2012
    • watercolor: 41 x 41 inches
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    • Nolima and Catclaw 2013
    • watercolor: 41 x 41 inches
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    • Mountain Stream 2010
    • watercolor mounted on linen: 40 x 60 inches
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    • Twilight 2012
    • watercolor mounted on linen: 40 x 60 inches
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    • September on the Lieutenant River 2012
    • watercolor mounted on linen: 85 x 60 inches
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    • November Riverbanks 2012
    • watercolor: 91 x 59.5 inches
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    • Light by Night 2013
    • watercolor: 41 x 41 inches
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    • Light Falls 2004
    • oil on linen: 24 x 24 inches
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    • Towards the Bay, Winter 2007
    • oil on linen: 30 x 30 inches
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    • Tremendous Trees 2010
    • oil on linen: 30 x 30 inches
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    • Weeping Cherry
    • oil on linen: 21 x 21 inches
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    • Muddy River, Emerald Necklace Reflections 2009
    • oil on linen: 16 x 24 inches
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    • Muddy River, Emerald Necklace Banks 2009
    • oil on linen: 16 x 24 inches
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    • Muddy River, Emerald Necklace Bridge 2009
    • oil on linen: 16 x 24 inches
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    • Summer Noon 2013
    • oil on linen: 30 x 30 inches
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    • Avondale Farm Preserve Summer 2007
    • oil on linen: 30 x 60 inches
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    • Avondale Farm Preserve Winter 2007
    • oil on linen: 72 x 144 inches
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    • Avondale Farm Preserve Spring 2007
    • oil on linen: 30 x 30 inches
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    • Winter Avondale Farm Preserve 2007
    • oil on linen: 30 x 30 inches
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    • Treetops 2006
    • oil on linen: 24 x 96 inches
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    • Nighttime 2010
    • watercolor mounted on linen: 40 x 60 inches
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    • Pathway 2011
    • watercolor mounted on linen: 40 x 60 inches
    • Tumbling Time Portfolio with Poetry
    • Field 2010
    • 5 etchings and 5 poems with colophon and title page in linen portfolio: 15 x 15 inches
    • Edition of 15
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    • Lieutenant River Shore 2010
    • watercolor mounted on linen: 40 x 60 inches
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    • To the Shore 2009
    • oil on canvas: 72 x 83 inches
    • Tumbling Time Portfolio with Poetry
    • Cottonwood 2010
    • 5 etchings and 5 poems with colophon and title page in linen portfolio: 15 x 15 inches
    • Edition of 15
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    • Tumbling Time Portfolio, Slough 2010
    • 5 etchings and 5 poems with colophon and title page in linen portfolio: 15 x 15 inches
    • Edition of 15
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    • Tumbling Time Portfolio Title Page
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    • Tumbling Time
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    • Night Stars 2014
    • soft ground, drypoint, aquatint : image: 20 x 24 inches; paper: 22 x 26 inches
    • Edition of 15
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    • Copse 2014
    • line etching and drypoint: image: 20 x 24 inches; paper: 22 x 26 inches
    • Edition of 15
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    • Pathways 2014
    • soft ground etching and drypoint: image: 20 x 24 inches; paper: 22 x 26 inches
    • Edition of 15
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    • Reflections 2014
    • soft ground, drypoint, aquatint: image: 20 x 24 inches; paper: 22 x 26 inches
    • Edition of 15
    • Tumbling Time Portfolio with Poetry
    • Garden 2010
    • 5 etchings and 5 poems with colophon and title page in linen portfolio: 15 x 15 inches
    • Edition of 15
    • Tumbling Time Portfolio with Poetry
    • River 2010
    • 5 etchings and 5 poems with colophon and title page in linen portfolio: 15 x 15 inches
    • Edition of 15
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    • Pastures and Paths 2005
    • wood block print: 8.5 x 66 inches
    • Edition of 15
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    • Leaves Over Pathway 2011
    • watercolor on board: 20 x 16 inches
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Nancy Friese

American, b. 1948

Working consistently as a plein-air artist for the past thirty years, Nancy Friese’s work captures the natural spontaneity and intertwining of clusters of trees and foliage beneath lively skies. Friese’s work departs from traditional plein-air painting with heightened color and animated brush strokes. Friese has been invited to paint at many distinguished arboretums and national land trust such Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, Long Island; Giverny, Gasny, France; Westerly Land Trust, Rhode Island, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora, North Dakota to name a few. The current exhibition will feature large scale watercolor paintings inspired by the landscapes of Colorado, Connecticut, North Dakota and Rhode Island.

Each watercolor is a layered depiction of a landscape that Friese visits several times, with the large sheets of lanagravure paper, over the course of its completion. These visits are reflected in the subtle light and shadows of each work that capture a bright spot of summer sun and inky covering of a coming storm. The paintings sometimes feature a tumultuous sky filled with clouds in shades of royal blue, purples and grays that compliment the vibrant greens, yellow, and pinks of the landscape reminding the viewer of the power of nature juxtaposed with the beauty of the land. Friese’s mastery of color and brush create paintings filled with texture, depth, and flashes of movement.

Nancy Friese received her BS from the University of North Dakota, and her MFA from Yale University. She also studied in the Graduate Program at the University of California Berkeley where she was a student of painter Elmer Bischoff. In 2011, Nancy Friese was elected as an Academician to the The National Academy in New York. Friese’s work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Boston Public Library, MA; the New York Public Library, NY; North Dakota Museum of Art, ND; the RISD Museum, RI; and the Yale University Art Gallery, CT.

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