Artist Focus in American Art Collector Magazine

Check out the Artist Focus article on Nancy from the May, 2016 issue of American Art Collector Magazine!

Exploring Mediums

It took Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey some time to find her “right work,” and her artistic voice. Cawdrey has worked primarily using water media on silk, but also loves to do plein air and studio oil painting and transparent watercolor. “Prairie Monarch may be the best buffalo painting by a contemporary artist ever,” states Terry Ray, West Lives On Gallery owner in Jackson, Wyoming.

Glacier Grille is a watercolor that represents Glacier National Park where Cawdrey was a Centennial Artist painting the diverse wildlife found in the park. Snow Blanket, an oil, captures the quality of stillness of wildlife in nature. Each medium affords the artist a different expression: the meditative quality of transparent watercolor, the brilliance and spontaneity of silk, and the “sculptural” aspect of oil. There is also plenty of crossover application among the media.

“I love the sculptural quality of alla prima oil painting, the meditative aspect of transparent watercolor, and the spontaneity and brilliant color of silk painting” she says. “All are challenging in their own way, and the different media keep me in the learning, responsive mode of creativity. I carry what I learn in one medium to the other two regularly. The diversity is what engages me as an artist.”

Cawdrey will participate in the Heart of the West art shows in Bozeman, Montana, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, this summer as well as A Timeless Legacy: Women Artists of Glacier National Park exhibition and sale at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana.