spalding nix fine art

thistle symbolism

The layered symbolism that has developed surrounding the thistle flower begins with its spine-like stems and spiky blossom connected with the crown chakra or third eye. The color purple (named from this predatory mollusk!)has long been associated with royalty, good judgment and spiritual enlightenment. You can read more about additional connections that have been drawn throughout time and by varying cultures here.

Or you might recall or rediscover your own experience of the thistle through this painting.  

(flora) thistle, 24" x 24", water-based media on panel, 2015-2016 available via  spalding nix fine art

(flora) thistle, 24" x 24", water-based media on panel, 2015-2016 available via spalding nix fine art

katherine sandoz art featured at "the english room"

What a thrill to be interviewed and featured in the "Artist Spotlight" over at The English Room. I have known designer + curator Holly Hollingsworth Phillips for about five years as we are perennial participants at The Southern Coterie Summit. In that time, I have enjoyed (+ studied) Holly's interior design + lifestyle  blog, her strong and sophisticated color play, and - no surprise - her great skill in finding the best kaftans to be had across the globe.  

Please enjoy the feature, all the great artists spotlights that have already been offered and all that Holly graciously shares via The English Room.

(flora) bromeliad, 48" x 48", water-based media on panel, 2015-2016 , available through  spalding nix fine art

(flora) bromeliad, 48" x 48", water-based media on panel, 2015-2016 , available through spalding nix fine art

naughty or nice?

This year, for those deserving, I'm recommending paintings - always.  I'm also suggesting works on paper as they are often a very unique and unusual offering of the artist's process and presentation.  They travel light, safely and cheaply.  Last, cost of this work tends to come in slightly lower than those on more substantial substrates.  

I have a number of smaller works on paper available on SANDOZIA.  You may consider some mid to large scale works through the Spalding Nix Fine Art shop on 1st dibs. I also have some very large works (8 feet plus) at the studio. If you wish to inquire about these, please call or email me.

For the naughty set: coal. It's a traditional and classic way to communicate the required message.  For 2015, artist made stockings in paper, fabric or upcycled materials are de rigueur. Maybe you are just the artist?

(color fields) water's edge, 8' x 12', water-based media on paper, 2015

(color fields) water's edge, 8' x 12', water-based media on paper, 2015




driftwood + trees painting

Now available through Spalding Nix Fine Art, "driftwood + trees" measures 38" x 48" and is based on the Cumberland Island landscape.  Its colors follow the palette of a recent Savannah historic district town home design and build completed by author, creative director Libbie Summers.

driftwood + trees, 38" x 48", water-based media on panel, 2015

driftwood + trees, 38" x 48", water-based media on panel, 2015