Dona Nelson: Selected Paintings, 2019-2023 at Locks Gallery

Ranging from autumnal rusts to marine sapphires and astral viridescence, the streams of color over which Nelson builds her imagery, for lack of a better term, recalls everything from the internal workings of the human body, to earthbound flora and fauna, to galactic cosmologies, with that measure of the jewel-like luminosity found in the aforementioned stained-glass windows.

Luckily, for the state of painting itself, Nelson has, besides bestowing a large body of work on the world, contributed immensely to the health and well-being of the craft by way of her legacy as an important professor. –Edward Waisnis

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