As a companion to the just-opened New Look at Link: His Life and Legacy exhibit, Roanoke artist Nancy Stark has mounted a showing in the Link Museum’s Trackside Gallery of her vibrantly colored, large-scale paintings of railroad cars. The exhibit will run through Nov. 5.
Early paintings in this series were representative in nature and done in transparent watercolor on paper. More recent work has been done on gessoed paper and wooden panels with fluid acrylics and found objects.
Nancy says, “My artwork is a response to the pattern, shape, texture and line observed in the world around me.”
Her railroad artwork was featured in “Getting Down: The Essentials” in Watercolor Magazine, Winter 2007, in “La passion du rail” Practique des Arts No 114, January 2014 and The Essential Guide to Mixed Media, September 2019. Exhibit pieces will be for sale.
After graduating in the first class of coeds from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and obtaining a Master of Education from the University of Virginia, she married into a train-watching family and took her first watercolor class at Blue Ridge Community College.
Today she holds signature status in American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society and several other watercolor societies. Nancy has served as juror for art exhibitions on the local, regional and state level. Her artwork is included in the collections of Norfolk Southern Corporation, Blick Art Materials, Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Augusta Medical Center, Carilion Clinic, HomeTown Bank, CapCo Machinery, Blue Ridge Community College and many private collections.