According to Nancy Friese, “Landscape painting is a composite of things seen, remembered, and felt.” Using color, light, texture and space from a chosen view and a specific place, Friese’s landcapes reflect nature’s form. She builds watercolors with many layers of translucent colors in repeated open-air sessions. Friese’s work demonstrates how watercolor lends itself well to quick progressions due to its ability to be both additive and subtractive. “Moving light, contrasting textures, a wide scope and scale continue to enthrall me,” says Friese.
Nancy Friese holds an MFA from Yale University School of Art. She also studied in the graduate program at the University of California, Berkeley. She exhibited her work at museums and galleries both nationally and internationally and received numerous artist residencies including the MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony and Museum and City of Pont-Aven in Brittany, France. An active member of the Newport Art Museum community, Friese first exhibited here in 1982, again in NetWorks, in 2012 and recently juried the Newport Annual. Friese is a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design where she has taught since 1990. She maintains studios in her native North Dakota as well as Providence, Rhode Island.