Growing up in Texas, Gary Nowlin was often inspired by the rural landscapes he encountered on long drives. This sense of affinity for the rural countryside is clear in the artist’s current portfolio, where expansive landscape paintings abound.
The texture of Gary’s paintings is oddly satisfying. The works are incredibly detailed and realistic, yet retain a slightly soft, painterly texture that gives the impression of old, faded photographs. There’s a definite sense of nostalgia in Gary’s works, that makes it seem as though the artist is painting scenes through a particular lens of experience.
I find this soft texture evokes paintings by Claudette Webb. Gary’s paintings are also very atmospheric -- the way that the artist utilizes lighting feels deliberate, and thought out in every instance. Darkened skies over red and orange-hued fields build up a sense of foreboding; of a coming storm, while painted reflections on still water hint at unknown depths, both physical and conceptual.