Nichols 'Desert and Sierra' exhibit on display

Nichols 'Desert and Sierra' exhibit on displayThe Maturango Museum will host a reception for artist Frances Nichols Friday, March 13, at 7 pm. Her exhibit “The Lows and the Highs — Desert and Sierra,” will be on display in the museum gallery.

“My passion is landscape,” said Nichols. “I try to etch a memory of a place, beginning with an idea of the finished piece, but leaving myself open to the work evolving. I work in plein air on site or from my own photos in the tradition of the early California Impressionists. Realistic representation is balanced with impressionistic play of light and color on the landscape. For me the landscape is a prism where the time of day can transform the light moving through it into constantly changing color.

“My subject matter is the Indian Wells Valley, Owens Valley, Antelope Valley, and the Eastern Sierras, ranging from desert washes and mountain canyons to the explosion of spring color in the desert.

“I enjoy working in all media, and my favorite is the one I’m using that day. I do love the immediacy of pastel with its instant color and layering, and the drama underpaintings can bring, but I also like the richness of oil and the fresh luminosity of watercolor.”

The reception is free and open to the public.

Pictured: One of the paintings by featured artist Frances Nichols, on display at Maturango Museum. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-03-13