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Jeri Nichols Quinn

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Biography

California painter Jeri Nichols Quinn is best known for lush, sensuous impressionistic oils and what one critic calls “monumental miniatures.”  Born, 1939, in New Mexico’s high country, Quinn paints the burnished richness of that area into her canvases.  Her work captures the mystic, constantly changing light of northern California hills, marshes, and tidelands.  The brilliance of Pacific sunsets, back bays, or feathery eucalyptus trees flow through her brushes.  Quinn’s formal art training began in her teens with summer workshops with watercolorist Ramon Froman and landscape painter Frederick Taubes.  She learned basic painting techniques at Baylor University and the University of New Mexico before earning, with honors, a Bachelor’s of Professional Art degree in Illustration from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA.  Upon graduation, Quinn headed to New York and worked in the graphic arts.  Her work appeared on the covers of Reader’s Digest, magazine advertisements, textbooks, and children’s books before she returned to California with her family to focus her eye on the land.  Today, Quinn has achieved success as both a plein air and a studio painter and has been compared to many of the nineteenth century masters.  Quinn currently divides her time between her home in Point Reyes Station, California and the Tularosa Basin in New Mexico.  She also makes an annual fall pilgrimage to the aspen country of the Rocky Mountains. 

With my history of plein air discipline, what I now put on canvas is a response to what is observed and recollected.  I enjoy being surprised by fog and form, color and contours.  It can happen on daily walks, or while out driving or taking photographs.

Most important, though, is recognizing a worthy image.  Degas believed, as did the Chinese masters, that the best impression was painted from memory.  My resonance with golden flanked hillsides, textured wooded draws, and the scent of buckeyes and sea mists is finely distilled in the studio.

                                                                                                             Jeri Nichols Quinn

Quinn’s work is featured in the books: Leading the West: 100 Contemporary Painters and Sculptors by Donald Hagarty, Ranchers & Rolling Hills, Art From the Parks, and Artists for Nature in Extremadura, as well as articles in the magazines U.S. Art and American Artist.  Her paintings have also been selected numerous times for the Arts for the Parks Top 100 and have appeared in exhibitions at the Tucson Museum of Art, the Thomas Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming and the Salmagundi Club of New York, New York.