Nevada is NOT a Wasteland
The subtle, beautiful landscape and the extreme weather in Nevada are the focus of my latest body of work. I have heard the Nevada landscape described as desolate, bleak, and harsh. This new series came about as I pondered the statement – Nevada is NOT a wasteland. Composed of fiery color harmonies, sublime textures and subtle, translucent layers of strata, my intent is to create paintings that reveal the power and mystery of our Western world composed of desert, mountains, lakes and skies. Focusing on close ups and landscape views – wind, fire, rain, snow, seasons and skies – I hope to express the Nature of Nevada…not necessarily realistic landscapes …but the beauty and power that truly represents our unique environment.

“There but for the grace of God go I” –
113 Portraits
This exhibit is meant to surround the viewer with images of people in various states of emotions brought on by an unfortunate event that can touch any one of us at any time; as a driver, a family member of the victim or the offender, as an empathetic non-judgmental human being. The portraits are haunting.
Inspired by the mug shots in our daily paper of DUI offenders who were in accidents that ended up with severe bodily harm injuries or death. There were 113 from 2000-2010. These images haunted me and inspired the title, “There but for the grace of God go I”. So many looked like a neighbor, a family member, a student…the list goes on and on. They all ended up in jail. Hours before there was a party, a social occasion or maybe an addiction but then it all went wrong. This installation is intended to touch on a personal and a social level.

About the artist:
Maria Partridge has been teaching art - drawing, painting, watercolor and graphic design at Truckee Meadows Community College since 2002. A recent solo exhibit at the Sierra Arts Gallery ~ "Nevada is NOT a Wasteland" was shown at the Sierra Arts Gallery in Reno, Nevada: September 10 - October 10, 2013. This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Partridge has exhibited throughout the United States. Solo shows have included the Nevada Museum of Art, Sierra Art Gallery, Truckee River Gallery and the Agora Gallery (SoHo) in New York City. She received her Masters of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento in 2004. Her work is represented in national and international private collections. She was nominated for the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in New York in 2007.