By abstracting form and light, Nancy Gillespie's work becomes an exploration of observation. Gillespie distills and refines each image to focus on the pure elements that first attract her. Working with a combination of instinctive and intuitive evaluation, Gillespie creates paintings that support an inwardly dimensional space, aiming always for cognition without language. Nancy Gillespie has been influenced by the Tonalist movement in American art, with its emphasis on the essential aspects of the landscape rather than the specific details.
After putting her art career behind her to assume teaching responsibilities, Gillespie returned to her love of painting while pursuing an MFA at Northern Illinois University. Her work has always been grounded in the landscape but now takes on a deeper meaning which is based on meditation and awareness.
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