Nancy McIlvaine
Art Consultant - Interior Design- Event Planning



"Our lives have become increasingly removed from nature. Wilderness has been reduced to isolated refuges. As new developments and buildings spread, there are fewer wild areas. Yet each year people flock to these refuges, these parks, to admire and connect with nature. As we speed onward with progress, there is an intellectual and emotional longing for the natural world. Today is different from America in the 19th century. Civilization was moving west and progress represented promise. At that time there began a style of landscape painting sometimes referred to as “The Hudson River School.” This was a peculiarly American style of landscape painting influenced by this country's large tracts of wilderness. Progress is documented in these paintings. Wilderness is depicted in the foreground of some of these works. As one's eye moves to the background, one witnesses stages of man's progress that culminates with a town or city. The artists expressed reverence for the landscape and sorrow about the vanishing wilderness. They lamented the loss of the native peoples and their lands. The devotional quality of many of these paintings suggests that nature and God were one.  I feel a link to America's early landscape painters. Whereas they document the progress of civilization with its attendant loss of the wild and unknown, I want to reclaim the wilderness. We can no longer experience unknown wild areas. We can visit designated wild areas, parks. We have become removed from nature, both physically and intellectually. Yet I believe a connection to nature is needed; t seems ingrained in our psyche.

            I paint refuges, places to go to for solace. I want my paintings to be destinations of quiet and calm. However, this world is fragile. The elements in the foregrounds of my paintings are items carefully constructed, either by humans or animals. Yet they are objects easily broken or destroyed. Birds represent messengers from the wild; they embody beauty and fragility, they are visitors that remind us of lands beyond. The distant landscapes are remembrances of the natural past, vaguely familiar and pleasing.  The natural world seems essential to me but I am puzzled by how one can integrate it into our urban lives. Though we are neither able nor willing to return to an Arcadian state, we still need to have a relationship with nature. I want to add a sense of balance, order, and beauty to a world that is weighted in the opposit".                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                    -David Kroll, 2001



"Two Chairs"

Oil on linen, H-37 1/2"xW-52"

Ref. # 9505182  Current market value $14,000  Sale$ 4,000.00




"Five Blue and Gold Vases"

Oil on linen, 48" x 58"

Ref. # Ref. # 9809267 Retail $22,000,00


Chicago, IL, 60654-3521
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