By Kathleen Sloan
So much of what an artist does is doing it a zillion times. Mastery, says Malcolm Gladwell in his book “Outliers,” comes after about 10 years or 10,000 hours devoted to the thing. Nolan Winkler’s show at Rio Bravo Fine Art is way beyond the first decanting of 10-year-mastery. She must have put 10 years each into the separate elements of composition, touch/ texture and color, and then another 10 into mixing them into complex or simplified bouquets. Here is young exuberance flashing into spring light. Here is wizened marshaled strength walking through dimmed winter.
In a word, Nolan Winkler has range – a five-octave range – a cellar full of fine wine – a fleet of ships at her command.
Countless artists have said they do art to see what they and the world are about. They become as they do. These are the process and expressionist artists who do not intellectualize. They are the feelers and doers. They are also the hardest to write about, inciting adjectives and metaphors.