It is my pleasure to introduce to you, from New Mexico, Nolan Winkler, an outstanding artist. I am lucky enough to have one of Nolan's works in my collection. She is represented in numerous significant collections worldwide. If you are interested to contact Nolan, see the link at the bottom of the page.
Till soon....Cx PS Thankyou Nolan.....X
My Australian artist pal (via email and long distance exhibitions), Christine Turner has requested I write a bit about myself and my work to share on her blog. Is that a generous gesture, or what? Thanks, talented one.
I’ve been painting professionally (as in some sort of a career) for over 40 years now. I’ve been fortunate enough to be a multiple recipient of residency fellowships at a few art colonies around the USofA. I’ve also lived short term in Mexico and France and schooled in Italy for etching. Those experiences, which have all taken me out of my comfort zone have influenced much of my art through the years. These days, my biggest influences are music (think Future Islands, Bob Dylan, Glen Hansard and Rodriguez. I often use their lyrics to help with titling the work.
For the past six years I have added the use of a sweet potato as pattern maker in my work. Don’t ask. If I knew exactly why I’d stop and I love the effects too much to even consider figuring it out. So many things can come to mind: patterns are comforting; circle of life; I am ‘mature’ so that circle is closing in, too….
I also enjoy putting text into my paintings when it feels right. Sometimes a haiku by me or sometimes the lyrics from music I’m listening to.
When I hit the studio and there is a black panel or canvas looking back at me (I always use black gesso…for depth of colors over it), I usually have no clue what I will be painting unless I’m into a series (which I try to stay away from of late). I put the music of the day on and begin. Colors, shapes, lyrics and emotions all inform what is to come. And come, it does. Sometimes sooner than later, sometimes the reverse. I think my years painting and my confidence in my talents makes it known to me that SOMETHING will come of the time working.
If you wish to see more of my work: www.nolanwinkler.com