Brook comes ‘Into the Light’ for new painting on Hirschman’s Pond |

Brook comes ‘Into the Light’ for new painting on Hirschman’s Pond

What inspires an artist? What subject matter are artists drawn to? Nevada City artist/designer LeeAnn Brook’s new show features her love for nature — Hirschman’s Pond in Nevada City, in particular.

The opening reception at Judi’s of Nevada City is Friday and the exhibition runs continuously through next year.

Hirschman’s Pond, recently acquired by the City of Nevada City for preservation of open space and light recreation, became a point of fascination for Brook for her artwork, and is the featured piece of the show.

“Hirschman’s Pond reminds me so much of the lake I grew up at in the countryside of Connecticut. The small, undisturbed, natural pond is a painting in itself. I wanted to capture the stillness and feeling of a little sanctuary,” says Brook.

While the pond is small, Brook’s painting is large — 6- by 5-ft. to be exact. It is among several other large landscapes that Brook will feature at the show.

“I love to paint large because it allows me to paint with loose, broad strokes that truly give the feeling of nature. It is also difficult to know when not to overwork the painting, as these large strokes need to be confident and free in order to give a convincing impression of the environment.”

The richly colored paintings feature landscapes and trees done in acrylic on stretched canvas — a medium that Brook paints exclusively. She recently gave a one day painting workshop, “The Art of the Landscape,” at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, which featured an art talk, demonstration and instruction in acrylics. The subject matter was the overlook at the vineyards that featured a 180 degree view of the Sierras.

Brook also operates a graphic design business, Brook Design Group in Nevada City, where she has worked with local and nationwide clients for nearly 35 years.

She is a past award recipient from the California State Fair, as well as numerous other awards in fine art. A gallery of her work can be seen on her website at or on the upcoming Western Nevada County Open Studios Tour, Oct. 9 and 10, 16 and 17.

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