Nancy K. Barron
PO Box 91, South Gardiner, ME 04359
“I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction.” –Saul Bellow
So much of an artist’s job is about acknowledgement, taking note. The play of light on an object, the emotion of a moment or conveying an animal’s personality, their gesture, are all subjects that interest me. Life is serious, too much so for my taste. I want relief. Humor, air, light, sound whatever gives one a sense of peace. Often making the art is my distraction, my peace.
Like many artists my passion for art came early in life as soon as I could make a mark. I consider myself a student of the arts starting in the closet walls of my childhood bedroom, which became a spaceship with the help of a crayon. A formal education followed with classes in Mrs. McGrail’s basement. For two hours on snowy Saturday mornings we would chat happily while painting in her musty art space. Eventually Course work at the University of Southern Maine would be where I learned that all the fun I was having for years drawing,painting, cutting and pasting, had its own language. Mood, line, color, contrast, play and undulation are some of the words I see in art, as well as ideas I try to convey through my art.
As an adult I still find a certain peace while making art and gather inspiration from many arenas. Nature, music and my daughters, with their sense of whimsy and endless energy are my main inspiration. I currently practice my craft painting, drawing and bookmaking, at Gardiner’s ARTDOGS Studios and near the banks of the mighty Kennebec River where I live with my husband Bill and my three lovely daughters, Willa, Laura and Maggie.