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My paintings are primarily figurative and narrative, with occasional hints of surrealism. I'm inspired by the entire sweep of art history, but am especially fond of and inspired by the early modernists. For my own work, I'm an unapologetic aesthete, naturalist and sensualist, with little concern as to where I fall in the postmodern scheme of things. I hope that people can enjoy my work with an aesthetic experience that's enriching in equal parts to emotional, intellectual, and sensual levels.

My garden photography serves as a source for capturing specific (and quickly shifting)studies in moments of light.

Obviously, all artwork and photography copyright by yours truly, so no borrowing, stealing, swiping, copying, without explicit permission. Thank you :)

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"You have surely a sense of beauty and romance in reality. You do not have to soften and sweeten nature to make it beautiful. You are plainly not of the sort who think a work of art or a thing beautiful must be a cheat. You like nature, do not feel like you have to apologize for it, and you believe in its integrity, you like integrity. You think nature is all right, that there are endless , inexhaustible pleasures, and revelations in it. You believe that it is worth while getting frankly acquainted with, and that it is worth while trying to tell about the deepest intimacies of this acquaintance, to tell in paint, or in any other way, in fact. Your work tells me this much, because perhaps I am looking for it, anxiously expecting and desiring it in all work, and because I am used to pictures. That's the reason I say 'go on'. I do not say 'go differently'. You have to go on satisfying yourself more and more in order that others less keen to see and less used to reading pictures will get the song you sing. Your only hope in satisfying others is in satisfying yourself."

---Robert Henri, from 'The Art Spirit: Notes, Articles, Fragments of Letters, and Talks to Students, Bearing on the Concept and Technique of Picture Making, the Study of Art Generally, and on Appreciation.'
Originally published in 1923 by the J.B. Lippincott Company

I am an artist and mother to a wonderful, smart, loving, funny, and talented 18 year old young man, living in the Midwest of the U.S.

A little about me.............


Born on the Ocean oil on canvas by Nanne Barkdull

"Born on the Ocean (Mimi)" oil on canvas
Purchase Award in Bristol-Meyers corporate art collection
Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences "New Realism" exhibition
copyright Nanne Barkdull / Nan Barkdull
Currently available for purchase from the Nance Gallery of Evansville, Indiana


Portrait of Mars oil pastel by Nanne (Nan) Barkdull


Red  Lillies by Nanne Barkdull

Observer and photographer of light-through-things....

Hosta Light by Nancy Barkdull

Life-long cartoonist....

Rat Fink Club cartoon by Nancy Barkdull
("The Rat Fink Club" series originally published in '93 IUSB student newspaper under M. Cooper Thumm)

Life-long diarist.... (from age 8)

Human companion to one crazy cat and two goofy mutts....

Molly in Garden photo by Nanne Barkdull

Beyzeng in Garden photo by Nanne Barkdull

Reggae Ambassador....

Note: I have been a life-long passionate lover and fan of reggae music; I am so indebted to the singers and players of instruments that have been of great inspiration and healing balm to my soul.

Some Influential Art Books

The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
Art as Experience by John Dewey
Painting and Tears by James Elkins
What Painting Is by James Elkins
Society of Six by Nancy Boas
The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
The Artists Reality/Philosophies of Art by Mark Rothko
Unexpected Journeys the Art and Life of Remedios Varo
Flash of the Spirit by Robert Farris Thompson
The Affected Provincials' Companion by Lord Whimsy
Ascending Peculiarity by Edward Gorey
Sexual Personae:Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia
Utopia Parkway the Life and Work of Joseph Cornell by Deborah Solomon

A few LJ artists blogs I read:

cissa, Amanda Fishers' Electric Celt
colleenaf, Fluff in Brooklyn
and The Stalking and Murdering of a Childhood Giraffe
voodoukween, Lynn Dewart

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All artwork and photography copyright Nanne Barkdull / Nan Barkdull
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