The Delmarva Discovery Museum is putting on display a set of dreamy paintings featuring sea life, but unlike a typical museum exhibit, the artist will be right there painting her next works of art in front of visitors.
The museum on Market Street in Pocomoke hosts Featured Artist Nash Clark August 14th from 2–4 p.m. Clark, a Pocomoke River State Park naturalist, has plenty of opportunities to study wildlife. And during the pandemic, she had plenty of time to paint, too.
Even as a child growing up in Wicomico County, Clark took her sketch pad to the zoo and local parks, sketching the environment, including squirrels and trees.
Working in acrylics, Clark blends her interest in archaeology, paleontology, history and wildlife with a sense of fun. Her work is not photorealistic, which only adds to its appeal for fans of her art. One of her most striking works is an octopus carrying a lantern, painted like many of her pieces in vivid colors against a dark ocean background.
She uses her art to prompt discussions on protecting wildlife and the environment. “Wildlife conservation is a passion of mine and I hope to inspire others to take notice and help with wildlife conservation efforts in the future,” she says.
In addition to her acrylic paintings, Clark makes art out of wooden cutouts, including a detailed blowfish with spines.
You can visit with Clark and see her work (prints and originals will be for sale) at the Delmarva Discovery Museum Aug. 14 with regular museum admission. For more information, go to DelmarvaDiscoveryCenter.org.
–Meg Walburn Viviano