Canyons work is a collection of pieces inspired by nature not traditionally landscape painting but rather snapshot moments of reflection and detail. Many of her works feature a crisp leaf floating on the mirrored surface of the water. This creates an abstracted view of nature from the reflection of the forest branches. She uses acrylic paint on canvas for the majority of her works, sometimes using very thin layers of paint to create a watercolor effect. Using lots of bright colors and pastels adds texture and softness to different painting especially in her lily pad paintings. What makes her work unique is how she displays a new perspective of nature by showing small details instead of the big picture. The detail of raindrops on the surface of the water and a leaf floating by becomes the whole subject of the painting instead of an afterthought.
- Molly Brennan, WWU Art History Student
Note: Molly Brennan is an Art History Student interning with Nancy Canyon during the Whatcom Aritst Studio Tour, 2017.