Irene Nunn, Manayunk Bridge from Green Lane

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Manayunk Bridge from Green Lane, 2018, Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20 inches.

Nunn writes on realistic art and her work as an artist, "As art moved modern, realistic art remained cherished. Its value is in the human touch, the small areas of imperfection that reveal the artist’s state of mind. The apogee of realistic art is the portrait. It represents an appreciation of the individual and serves as an example of the period in which he or she belongs. My goal is to represent the subject with character, color and poetry. Portraiture is a demanding taskmaster requiring astute observation, faithful rendering, and, most difficult of all, capturing the essence, the "who "of this subject. Portraiture is difficult but gratifying. Currently, I am seeking to engage in a kind of portraiture that does not lessen my attention to detail but allows for a more playful approach toward its final expression. Increasingly, landscapes have become rewarding in a different way than does portraiture. My favorite medium has always been pastels for landscapes and only recently have I crossed over to oil painting. Although easily identified as realistic, I have found a greater freedom to  
experiment with color and form. Landscapes are first created then sold, not the opposite. And they don't complain." 

Nunn graduated from Seton Hill University, studied at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia College of Art, and studied with artists, Ernie Nordic, Joseph Sweeney, Paul DuSold. Her true love has always been art, and she stayed involved in one capacity or another while working in other fields. Teaching part time at her daughter’s school, The School of the Holy Child in Drexel Hill, Nunn painted the backdrops for the last four plays of her years there and donated portraits to the school fundraisers.

Currently, she paints commissioned portraits and landscapes, and conduct workshops for aspiring artists from her studio in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. Nunn's portraits hang private homes, higher educational institutions, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Congregation Adath Jeshuran and, in September, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court with the completion of retired Chief Justice Ron Castille. Her landscapes have appeared in various local shows and venues throughout Philadelphia. Major themes are bridges across the Schuylkill, especially The Columbia Railroad Bridge, local scenes and memories of Ireland.