Hickory Mertsching:
Art at Belmont January 2011

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Artist Statement:

I set out to create a peaceful contemplative setting, paintings that illustrate the relationship between man and nature, a reminder of our state of being and the simple aspects of life. Regardless of outcome the natural world is a presence beyond human control and I have great respect for that. I use formal qualities and objects of nostalgia as the prime vehicle to convey this idea.

I have been involved in the arts my whole life and have slowly narrowed my focus to painting. I work primarily with oils on canvas. The process begins as a drawing from direct observation of my subject matter. I enjoy the labor of painting, the sounds of brushes on canvas, smells of fresh paint on the palette, and the crisp brilliant colors that can be achieved.

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