Julie Nighswonger’s art exemplifies life in the West in a way that captures the beauty of her surroundings. In a style that she describes as impressionistic realism, Nighswonger depicts moments that she believes are all too often taken for granted.
Her work is an exploration of nature, animals and the West. “Certain things catch my eye,” Nighswonger says, “It’s the crisp early morning light, the warm glow of the evening or the way the light dances off of a horse’s mane.” In her work, she strives to document and share the uniqueness of the Western landscape and its cowboy lifestyle. She adds, “It is my hope to stir a memory or evoke an emotional response.”
This spring Nighswonger’s artwork can be found in Great Falls, Montana, during Western Art Week at the Out West Show & Sale in Room 284 and during the Montana Miniatures exhibition. Both of these shows are at the Best Western Plus Heritage Inn from March 20 through 23.
Nighswonger will also be in Arizona participating in Cowgirl Up! from March 29 through May 12 at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg and at the Phippen Museum’s Western Art Show & Sale in Prescott over Memorial Day weekend.
Early Morning Jingle, oil, 12 x 36"
Beaver Pond Sunset, oil, 9 x 12"
The Frat Boys, oil, 12 x 12"