Thistledown Studio : Nan Wilson : Rochester, NY

Mixed Media Flora and Fauna Galleries

An Adirondack Acre©
When first I found myself spending summers with my two young children in the Adirondacks, the lure of wildflowers outside our door overtook me. By a number of years later, I had produced more than 25 larger-than-life (some say 'bugs-eye-views') color pencil drawings of them. They are gathered in the series I call An Adirondack Acre©.

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Other Butterflies
Before my life cycle works, I enjoyed just painting adult butterflies. The one that most captivated me was the Karner Blue. This tiny beauty was first identified as a separate species by Vladimir Nabokov (author of Lolita). In a remarkable poem, he said that he wished for no greater honor than to be godfather to an insect!

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Other Critters

At first, the insects and amphibians that looked back at me through my hand-lens, or flitted and buzzed overhead as I drew, or called to me from the wetlands, were just distractions. With time, they became a favorite subject.

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Leaves
To me, trees are just our biggest flowering plants. After 9/11, stunned and scuffling through fallen leaves, it struck me they were lying there beside the seeds, nuts, acorns and cones that would someday regenerate their species. The series of paintings that resulted is called Renewal.

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Landscapes
Some call them landscapes, for me they are habitats — places where the plants and critters I have painted separately all fit together. In recent years, my nine foot, 10 lb. kevlar canoe has helped me open up more and more of these vistas where plant and wildlife play out their dramatic struggles for survival.

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Other Creatures, Plants & Scenes
Tired by being surrounded and menaced at Nature Art shows by lions and tigers and bears, I decided one day to fight back. I created and featured a couple of carnivorous (flesh eating) plant paintings. The following year, the show's promotional bulletin made special note of my 'uncultivated pants.'

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