Oil, pastel on canvas
8" x 8" framed in wood
THE COLOR RED
Mark Rothko’s use of the color red was the main inspiration for my Red series. Since first falling in love with his art more than thirty years ago, I’ve lived with the color red as an accent in my life, from lipstick and nail polish to a luscious and comfy red chair in my living room. Two interesting facts about red: red pigment made from ochre was one of the first colors used in prehistoric art; and red is the color at the end of the visible spectrum of light. Red is hot, unafraid, daring, and maybe a little scary. It warns us to stay away and in some cases to get closer – think of a hot fire on a cold night. It is not wishy-washy. It struts and sashays with abandon, afraid of nothing. If red were a person she would take risks and always win.
My purpose in making art is to go beyond words into the deep belly of creativity. It is to meet myself in the wellspring and have a conversation with the viewer, to communicate in a deep and intimate way, at first sight, in an instant. Truly though, my purpose is no purpose: only to be in harmony with each line, each splash of color and splatter of ink as it strikes the painting surface, to reveal what is already there. My life is my greatest work of art and the small canvases I draw on are part of my vocabulary.
Nancy O’Hara’s largest canvas and her finest artistic expression – her own life – continue to be a work in progress. Moving to the Hudson Valley from New York City in 2015 has added a thrilling new dimension to her artistic adventure: a playground filled with beauty and the opportunity to express with pencils, ink, pastels, crayons and paint on various surfaces what cannot be expressed with words. Nancy is a meditation teacher, a life-coach, and the author of six non-fiction books and two mystery novels.