Cooley Gallery Artist and Instructor, Elaine Nunnally will be exhibiting her work through February 28, 2018. Elaine's exhibit is entitled "Painting the Interstate" and the exhibit captures what the beltway looks like through the eyes if an artist. The paintings are a calm and realistic rendition of what we see as day-to-day.
For the past few years, I have been working on a series which I call the Highway Series, or Interstate Series. It came about while traveling on the interstate and finding the scenery so much like an abstract painting. The elements of design are right there: the landscape, the sky, the curve of the highway, the geometric signs, the overpasses, and the colorful cars that speed by. We spend an enormous amount of time behind the wheel of a car, so this is a common experience to all Americans. I often call my paintings “tributes to Eisenhower”, since it was Dwight D. Eisenhower who started the interstate system in the U.S. back in the 1950’s. I use heavy applications of watercolor paint, sometimes directly from the tube. The blending of bright color is done with a stiff brush (thank you Skip Lawrence) and the results are always a surprise, since I never know exactly how a painting will come out. It’s great fun and I hope when people see my work that they will think, “Wow, I never thought about highways like that!”
Elaine has been doing art in some form or another for all of her life. It was as natural as breathing, and, although there were no other artists in her immediate family, her parents were very supportive and encouraging.
Although she has an undergraduate and graduate degrees in art education, she gained knowledge of watercolor from the many workshop instructors she has worked with over the years, including Linda Baker, Skip Lawrence, Mark Mahaffey, Judi Betts, and Pat Dews, to name a few. If you want to learn, then learn from the best! EIaine retired from teaching over 5 years ago and has finally been able to pursue her passion for painting.
Recently, Elaine has been honored to have her work juried into some of the most prestigious national and international watercolor exhibits in the country, including the American Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society, the San Diego Watercolor Society, and the Missouri Watercolor Society, to name a few. A signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Illinois Watercolor Society, the San Diego Watercolor Society, the Virginia Watercolor Society, the Missouri Watercolor Society, and the Potomac Valley Watercolor Society.