‘The Dark & Stormy’

Renaissance painting style influences Burkholder’s new series of landscapes at Connect Gallery


Connect Gallery will feature artist Ann Burkholder in July with a reception July 17th, 5:30-9:00 p.m. Owner of the Burkholder Project in Lincoln’s Haymarket, she has been painting in oil—landscapes—for about 70 years. 

Born in the Nebraska Sand Hills, Burkholder’s focus has been on the horizon between earth and sky for her whole career.  Field trips to various sites to photograph the big skies and changing Nebraska weather reference later paintings in the studio.

While attending UNL, Burkholder worked the landscapes more abstractly, but has focused on a more detailed and realistic approach over her career. The current series, “The Dark & Stormy,” is based on the Renaissance style of starting with a dark background and ‘painting to the light.’ “Winter Storm over Stagecoach Lake,” shown above, indicates this approach.

Because of her childhood love for art, Burkholder was sent to Omaha to spend summers with grandparents, taking the five-cent trolley ride alone in order to attend classes at the Joslyn Art Museum. She’d received her first set of oil paints at age 6.

Burkholder bought the building in Lincoln’s Haymarket District 28 years ago, to establish studio and gallery spaces for herself and other artists. But her focus has always been painting her beloved landscapes of Nebraska.


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