Featured Artist William Nourse

Stunning landscape photography by William Nourse is defined in part by dramatic perspective and stark lighting. To see more of his work, visit his website.

 

“Seljalandsfoss #2” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 16” x 24” by artist William Nourse. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Seljalandsfoss #2” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 16” x 24”

 

I live and work in Amesbury, Massachusetts, and have spent my life exploring the outdoors through hiking, climbing, skiing and sailing. I’m fascinated with stark landscapes, whether desert or glacial.

 

“Bottleneck” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 40” x 25” by artist William Nourse. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Bottleneck” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 40” x 25”

 

As a child, we took some family trips to the desert Southwest, most notably to the national parks of southern Utah and Arizona, culminating in a traverse of the Grand Canyon (North Rim to South) when I was eleven. As an adult, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time on some of the great glaciers in Canada and the Alps. Both have been formative experiences for me as an artist.

 

“Terra Incongnita II” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 23.5” x 23.5” by artist William Nourse. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Terra Incongnita II” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 23.5” x 23.5”

 

My memories of the desert are full of color and contrast, hot days and cool nights. In November 2017, I traveled to China on a photo tour with a small group and spent four days camped in the Gobi Desert amidst an incredible dunescape.

 

“Terra Incongnita IV” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 23.5” x 23.5” by artist William Nourse. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Terra Incongnita IV” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 23.5” x 23.5”

 

My perspective changed, finding amazing abstract compositions amongst the different textures and contrasts of light and shadow.

 

“Terra Incongnita VI” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 23.5” x 23.5” by artist William Nourse. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Terra Incongnita VI” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 23.5” x 23.5”

 

As an artist, I am drawn to strong graphic elements in a scene, things like jagged mountains against the sky or fracture patterns in ice, and desert landscapes help to strip compositions down to those essentials–line, value, and texture, and their relationships with each other.

 

“Terra Incognita VII” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 24” x 18” by artist William Nourse. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Terra Incognita VII” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 24” x 18”

 

My favorite images from this trip are those disorienting abstracts that detach the viewer from time and place.

 

“Heart of the Glacier” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 40” x 28.5” by artist William Nourse. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Heart of the Glacier” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 40” x 28.5”

 

I’m largely self-taught as an artist and the past several years have been a great opportunity for exploration and starting to find my voice. Exploring wild places and sharing the sense of wonder and awe that they evoke is my goal, whether it’s found on the Maine coast, an Icelandic glacier or a silent dune.

 

“Solitudinem VIII” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 24” x 18” by artist William Nourse. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Solitudinem VIII” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 24” x 18”

 

Images from my trips to Iceland in 2016 and 2017, while usually less abstract, are focused on sharing that sense of the “sublime” through expressing the drama of the landscape. Light and color play a larger part in these works.

 

“Outflow” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 40” x 25” by artist William Nourse. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Outflow” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 40” x 25”

 

I’m definitely influenced by the Impressionists and artists of the Hudson Valley School and their ability to convey the drama of a landscape.

 

“The Face in the Abyss” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 18” x 24” by artist William Nourse. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Face in the Abyss” Archival Inkjet Print of a Digital Photograph, 18” x 24”

 

I continue to do work on my images after they come off of the memory card–that’s part of the artistic process and I enjoy seeing how an image evolves in the digital darkroom, often working on multiple versions of the same base image, sometimes simultaneously, sometimes coming back to an image at a later date to try new techniques.

 

Artist William Nourse invites you to follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Want to stay current on cutting edge business articles from Artsy Shark, plus artist features, and an invitation to the next Call for Artists? Subscribe to our twice-monthly Updates, and get a free e-book on Where to Sell Art Online right now!

YES PLEASE!

Speak Your Mind

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.