Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey | Montana

“Whatever medium I am working in, I like to mix color on the surface of the painting–giving the work more immediacy and spontaneity–what I call spirited silk painting. On silk I can really float brilliant color with spirit and gusto.”

Nancy loves color, texture and pattern. Through her pursuit for texture and passion for color, Nancy discovered the spontaneity and brilliance she could create through her silk paintings. Painting on silk is a Chinese technique that has been practiced for thousands of years. Although silk painting is now her medium of choice, she continues to explore a variety of subjects in watercolor, oil and experimental media. Though few people realize it, Nancy often employs a mixture of media in her silk paintings. Through this overlaying of various media she creates buoyant color and texture with her combination of transparent pigment and the shimmer of silk.

Artist Statement

 “I was a 17-year-old art student in Paris in 1966 when I first saw Toulouse Lautrec’s work in person: big, bold, filling the space, making a statement, painting from a place of strength.  I don’t know that I knew it then, but that’s who I wanted to be as a person and an artist.  All these years later, I still try to do just that in my studio every day.”

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