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Trish Nickell: Paris to Portland

Valley House Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition “Trish Nickell: Paris to Portland.”

For artist Trish Nickell, a native of Dallas, life took a dramatic turn when she and her husband, David Szafranski, co-founder of Gray Matters Gallery, moved to Paris in 1996. Their planned year in France extended to a stay of 12 years. When they returned in 2008, they settled in Portland, Oregon, influencing Nickell to include views of the Northwest coast along with the French and Italian landscapes and scenes already inspiring her.

She was born in Dallas, and grew up in thePark Cities, graduating from Highland Park High School in 1965. In 1968 Nickell earned a BA from the University of North Texas followed by an MA in 1986 and an MFA in 1988 from The University of Dallas. Independent study with artist John Evans was crucial to her development.

Trish Nickell is an observer. Working in her studio, her paintings depict these observations recorded in her mind’s eye and aided by sketches and photographs taken during her many travels. Her primary attraction to a compositional subject is color, followed by the presence of a place. Nickell’s paintings often focus on nature and architectural details, reflecting her philosophy about the sacredness of the ordinary and the sanctuary that nature can be from our chaotic modern life.

Trish Nickell will give an Artist Talk on Saturday, June 14, at 11:00 am.


June 07, 2014 to July 19, 20146:00pm


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