Nanette Carton Fine Art
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The Artist

Nanette Carton - The Artist Nanette Carton is a native Floridian born in 1977. As a self-taught artist, she is inspired by nature, mystic and historical places. Her subjects vary from flowers and wildlife to spiritual sites and fantasy worlds. Using bright, dramatic colors has become a signature for Nanette’s unique style. She renders mostly on canvas but also paints on river rocks, wood furniture and wall murals. She has had commissions to do several business logos and portraits of people and pets. Local Galleries have featured her work and she also participates in a variety of Art Venues.

Statement

"Since the summer of 2011, I've been exclusively working on a series of paintings called 'Mother Nature.' Although the first image 'The Gathering' was completed in 2007, I decided it was time to focus only on creating similar images. Currently, I'm working on the sixth painting in the series, in which I have a goal of completing at least 12 worlds alike.

These paintings are truly a lesson! While I would like each image to only take about 3 months at most, I found it difficult to set a deadline. Aside from painting, a lot of effort goes into taking photographs of wildlife from zoos, parks and related places. Then printing and layout along with notes that I'm constantly writing are all time consuming. So far, I've learned that some paintings will take longer than others.

Using only soft body acrylics, most of the time, three to four coats of color are needed for the landscape to come out vivid. I find soft body easier to use then heavy body acrylics because I can get clean lines and it's more flexible for detail.

All of the paintings will have the same theme and feel with brilliant colors. Nature is the main inspiration and the focus is about love and the peaceful balance between our world and an imagined one. I would like the viewer to feel immersed by the realm in front of them. Also, I hope you to feel inspired and curious while walking away with a smile.

The series title, 'Mother Nature' was thought up while painting 'Aloha Loki.' It was the motivation to dedicate these paintings to my mom and mother-in-law who were always encouraging. I believe that they sometimes whisper little ideas to me from up above. I feel very fortunate to be able to create these works that I'm so very passionate about. I feel like I'm finally designing and painting what I'm supposed to!"