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Nancy Swendseen

Piano Title
Garden in D Major

About the Piano
Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, 895 Shore Road, Bronx, NY
Hours: 9AM - 6PM

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Garden in D Major is a celebration of nature as a source of inspiration, wonder and solace.

During the summer of 2016, I visited parks and gardens through New York City to sketch summer's floral bounty. The resulting sketchbooks served as a springboard for the piano's theme. The flowers are featured in three distinct ways. The front and sides of the piano are filled with a colorful abundance of flowers, many of which were painted directly from life. The lower front panel features an imagined wildflower meadow, while the back of the piano depicts monochromatic floral sketches copied directly from the sketchbooks. Woven throughout the imagery are quotes and poetry that underscore the enduring theme of flower as metaphor and symbol, an ephemeral reminder to blossom into our own.

About the Artist
Nancy is an artist who derives inspiration from the natural world and the way in which it speaks to us. Working primarily in oils, Nancy paints people, places and things in an effort to explore the relationship between the seen and unseen through the language of color and form. As a longtime student of the Art Students League, she has devoted years to the practice of drawing and painting from life. She is a lover of all of the arts and their power to provide meaning, and is thrilled to be participating in Sing For Hope Pianos 2017.