Nancy J. Haver Artist in Resident 2014
I've been captivated by the printing process since my childhood, when I watched and helped my father develop black and white photographs. Still drawn to the intense contrasts and pattern typical of woodcut and wood engraving, I enjoy employing these media, and also exploring how medium affects an image–by using woodcut, paint, graphite to depict a single subject. There are endless aspects of my subjects to be revealed, and it is a challenge that intrigues me. With childhood trips to the national and state parks, early on I was inspired by glimpses of grand landscapes and their inhabitants, which led me to study wildlife biology. I'm trained as a naturalist and also hold an M.F.A. degree in printmaking from the University of Massachusetts. I've exhibited my drawings and wood engravings throughout New England and have taught drawing, illustration, and relief printmaking at the University of Massachusetts and Holyoke Community College.
My residency at Petrified Forest National Park was in everyway invigorating. It served to ignite my already strong interest in the naturalworld as subject matter, and my enthusiasm for our parks as places to grow andto learn. It was wonderful to have the privilege of staying within the park andto have the opportunity to make repeated visits to sites at different times ofday, along with the chance to see more creatures and become familiar with theplant life.
Did You Know?
Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.