River Daughter
7.5 x 11 inches
gouache and marker on inkjet photo print

“In 1991, I bought a postcard on a trip to Italy of an adolescent girl in a red dress with her boots off waiting to be carried across a river by Saint Christopher. When I was unable to work, I used to have a morning practice of making small gouache paintings on a drafting table looking out through an enormous window where I could see about twenty miles into the desert in California. I copied the postcard, and after a while, just painted the girl who had black hair. As time went by, she became bigger with reddish hair. Years later she turned up again, painted over photographs. Like this one.”

Nancy Mitchnick is a painter and educator in Detroit. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pollock–Krasner Foundation Fellowships, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award.

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