N a n c y T h a y e r
M o u n t a i n V i e w s
A long tradition in Chinese art considers sacred mountains to be the embodiment of a philosophy advocating simplicity, frugality, and the joys of living close to the soil. They are considered the most revered object of representation, a means through which the artist immerses herself in nature and divine wisdom.
The paintings in this series express a fundamental spiritual dimension of mountains I’ve recently come to know. They were created in my studios in New Mexico, Colorado, and Detroit beginning in 2011. They are not meant to be site‑specific or photographic and see beyond a purely external aspect of phenomena to an experience of a finer, deeper nature.
There is a unique spiritual identity or presence of place in each of the many pueblos, reservations, monuments, towns, and villages I’ve visited. The contrast between these sacred sites and the Detroit communities where I have lived and worked for decades has given me a great appreciation for the land and people who occupy both. I paint not what I see but the spirit and feelings the mountains arouse in me. It is my hope that my paintings will elicit a deep sense of freedom and an awareness of the spiritual nature of mountains that have inspired me to paint them.
Sacred Sites V Acrylic on Canvas 30 “ h x 96” w
Sacred Sites VI Acrylic on Canvas 30 “ h x 96” w
Sacred Sites VII Acrylic on Canvas 30 “ h x 96” w
Southwest Skies # 4 Acrylic on Panel 20” h x 84” w (sold)
Southwest Skies #5 Revisited Acrylic on Panel 18” h x 72” w
Southwest Skies #5 Acrylic on Panel 18” h x 72” w
Sacred Sites #1 Acrylic on Canvas 12” h x 48” w (sold)
Landscape #6 Acrylic on Panel 36” h x 96” w (sold)
Landscape #5 Acrylic on Panel 36” h x 96“ w
Landscape #2 Acrylic on Panel 24” h x 96” w
Landscape # 3 Acrylic on Panel 24” h x 96” w (Sold)
Landscape # 4 Acrylic on Panel 24” h x 96” w
Landscape #7 Acrylic on Panel 17 1/2” h x 60” w
Landscape #8 Acrylic on Panel 12” h x 60” w
Landscape # 1 Acrylic on Panel 24” h x 96” w
Sacred Sites II 72” h x 36” w Acrylic on Panel (Sold)
Sacred Sites III 72” h x 36” w Acrylic on Panel
Sacred Sites IV 30” h x 48” w Acrylic on Canvas (Sold)