Art described as intense, whimsical-fancy |

Art described as intense, whimsical-fancy


This year’s Artists’ Studio Tour catalog cover is being graced by the work of watercolorist Nancy Harmon. On both the cover and the poster is a piece titled, “Full Moon Rhubarb.” The postcard announcing the Artist’s Studio Tour features Harmon’s watercolor “Duck Pears.”

Although many members of her family were involved in the art world, Harmon resisted becoming one as “she wanted to be different.” She did not begin painting seriously until about three years ago. Since then, she has become a signature artist with the Nevada Watercolor Society, exhibited at the Valhalla Summer Arts Festival and joined the Artists’ Studio Tour for the past three years. An intense little jaunt that is matched by her style of painting.

Harmon’s use of color in her paintings is intense and bright, with a bit of whimsical fancy thrown in.

“I enjoy the challenge of producing vibrant color and depicting everyday objects and scenery in unusual ways,” Harmon said. “I often use humor to draw the viewer in and encourage the viewers to talk about what they see. I also try to tell a bit of a story with my work. When that story creates an emotional response in the viewer, then I know the painting has succeeded.”

Harmon often paints from photographs that she takes while traveling or just on the way home from the grocery store or carpool run.

“Finding the inspiration for paintings is not difficult, it is the execution that is the greater challenge. But, when a painting is successful it is completely rewarding and satisfying,” Harmon said.

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