Nancy Simonds

Pond Forest I

Pond Forest I
Gouache on Paper, 21 x 53, $2350

Flow Blues

Flow Blues
Gouache on Paper, 48 x 21, $2350 Unframed

Serpentine/Eggplant

Serpentine/Eggplant
Gouache on Paper, 21 x 48, $2350

Afloat IV

Afloat IV
Collaged Gouache on Paper, 29 x 41, $1850

Floating I

Floating I
Collaged Gouache on Paper , 21 x 60, $3250

Radiate

Radiate
Collaged Gouache on Paper , 36 x 36, $3950 Framed

Deep Shadows

Deep Shadows
Gouache on Paper, 29 x 29, $1350

Fall Blues

Fall Blues
Gouache on Paper, 29 x 29, $1350

Fall Blues II

Fall Blues II
Gouache on Paper, 29 x 29, $1350

Teal and Linden

Teal and Linden
Gouache on Paper, 17 x 18, $650, unframed

Ovoid Series

Ovoid Series
Various colors and sizes available

Moment Vernal

  Moment Vernal
Gouache on Paper, 42 x 42

Teal and Marigold

  Teal and Marigold
Gouache on Paper, 21 x 48

Grays & Fog

  Grays & Fog
Gouache on Paper, 21 x 53

Ovoid Series

Ovoid Series
Various colors and sizes available

Ovoid Series

Ovoid Series
Various colors and sizes available

Undulating Blues

  Undulating Blues
Collaged Gouache on Paper , 21 x 48

Ovoid Series

Ovoid Series
Various colors and sizes available

Ovoid Series

Ovoid Series
Various colors and sizes available

Summer Blues

  Summer Blues
Gouache on Paper, 17 x 18

Ovoid Series

Ovoid Series
Various colors and sizes available

Summer Violet

  Summer Violet
Winches Gouache on Paper, 17 x 18

Ovoid Series

Ovoid Series
Various colors and sizes available

Ovoid Series

Ovoid Series
Various colors and sizes available

Ovoid Series

Ovoid Series
Various colors and sizes available

Ovoid Series

Ovoid Series
Various colors and sizes available

Ovoid Series

Ovoid Series
Various colors and sizes available

Ovoid Series

Ovoid Series
Various colors and sizes available

Red Cascade II

  Red Cascade II
Gouache on Paper, 29 x 29

Calm Blues II

  Calm Blues II
Gouache on Paper, 21 x 53

Blues and Some Reds

  Blues and Some Reds
Gouache on Paper, 12 x 42

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Artist Statement

I make large-scale abstract gouache paintings on paper. In each of my BLOCK STACK and OVOID series different arrangements of blocks, ovals and colors create a feeling of transcendent order. These images are anti-chaos. All strive for a connection to a moment for reflection, a moment of resolution and calm. My gouache works feature luxuriant protean color and are infused with sublime soft texture.

In painting each piece there is an experience of exhilaration and renewal. In each painting I stack and pile simple shapes, placing then sizing and creating visual relationships that build to larger rhythms. My best paintings work like Japanese haiku; each image is paired down to its essentials and each becomes a complete world of its own. In these paintings I aim for an effect deeper than the joy of beautiful surface and color; I want to generate visual places, points of departure for states of serenity and contemplation.

In my OVOID series, squares without edges, I enjoy the play of organic shapes against the white of the background creating tension as the ovals touch or separate in varying degrees. These images reflect velvety textures such as moss covered earth as well as disparate edges, sizes and patterns coexisting in nature. Each shape is drawn and carved out by the edge of the brush.

I use gouache paint on Reeves printmaking paper, achieving a translucency and depth of color; I blot and dab myriad hues to create complex and delicate surfaces. It is the thrill of potential in each new piece that keeps me exploring in the studio.