Frances Nichols
Art of Light & Color

Recent Work

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Artist Statement:

My work is based on the tradition of the early California Impressionist plein-air painters and their emphasis on colored light. The works are in watercolor, pastel and oil, done on site or from my photos.

My paintings investigate the local scenery of the high desert, the Sierra mountains, and the Los Angeles coast. I like to explore lighting effects and the changes they create. For me the landscape is a prism where the time of day can transform the light moving through it into constantly changing color.

Exhibition at Maturango Museum

Frances Nichols had an exhibition of her works at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest during April, May, and until June 9th, 2015.

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About the Artist

Fran Nichols

Visual experiences begin with light, and my intention is to portray the effects of light on the landscape. The California Impressionists, in whose tradition I follow, were determined to capture the true effects of light and its fleeting changes. Like them, I paint an “impression”, rather than fine detail, resulting in unfocused color and form creating the image.

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