NORTH CREEK - Local artist Nancy Ness will present a collection of paintings at the Widlund Gallery of the Tannery Pond Community Center Sept. 26 - Oct. 29.
A "meet the artist" reception will be held Oct. 3 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the TPCC. The reception is free and open to the public.
Ness acknowledges her connection to the Adirondacks as a prevalent theme through her artistic works. She will be presenting oil painting, pastels and mixed media in her show entitled, North Country Spectrum.
Originally from Long Island, Ness began her creative career as an art director for promotion and publications. She also did a considerable amount of writing and had the opportunity to follow many outdoors sporting events.
It was that position that acted as a vehicle for her to discover Gore Mountain.
According to Ness, she knew the mountain well and loved it. In 2006 she and her husband moved to North Creek.
"After years of computer work, I was able to pick up my brushes and pursue my fist love - fine arts," said Ness.
Ness admitted that she has always been an artist, regardless of the professional position that she held. The Adirondacks have fostered an inspirational outlet for her talents.
"I have always gravitated toward the images that I find in the Adirondacks," said Ness.
Her work is in a constant state of transition and growth regarding style, process, medium and subject.
"A lot of my work is me figuring out how I want to paint," she said.
Ness often works from original photographs she has shot. Her goal is to simplify the visual while pushing color and texture. Good painting creates a mood and often that comes from color relationships, according to Ness.
"I believe style emerges through working. I consciously try not to paint in a particular style or to labor with detail and exactness. The final piece with its recognizable image is hopefully engaging," said Ness.