Originally from Minnesota, Gwen Nagel painted in oils as a teenager and began studying art at the University of Minnesota. She switched majors, however, eventually earning a Ph.D. in English at Tufts University. Gwen taught writing and American literature at Harvard Business School, Tufts, Bentley College, and the University of Georgia until 1997, when she devoted herself full time to art. She moved to Grantham, NH, in 2012.
She has studied pastels, oils, and watercolors with many nationally known artists including Albert Handell, Frank Webb, Skip Lawrence, Tony Van Hasselt, Charles Sovek, Ann Templeton, Kevin Macpherson, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Robert Carsten, Aline Ordman, Anne Blair Brown, and Barbara Jaenicke. Gwen is a founding member and former president of the Plein Air Painters of the South East, and she maintains memberships in the Southeastern Pastel Society, Oil Painters of America, Pastel Society of America, and pastel societies and local art organizations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. She has had several one-person shows, and her work has been included in numerous selected group exhibitions throughout the south and New England. Her artwork has also appeared on several book covers.
Gwen states, "I am a dedicated plein air painter who, while in [Georgia], was able to work outside almost year round; now I paint en plein air (when the weather allows) on the coast, in the mountains, and in the villages of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. I create paintings to capture a sense of place, to preserve a vulnerable landscape, to record the quality of light, and to spend time with other artists in beautiful places...I love [New England's] four distinct seasons, each with its unique character and appeal. As a landscape painter, I find the changing colors and atmosphere particularly engaging, from the peaches and limes of the early spring trees, the clear blue skies and deep green woods of summer, the explosion of fall's brilliant foliage, to the subtlety of the snowy landscape."
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