Lusciously green and highly realized, Nancy Depew’s forestscapes transport viewers to an untouched oasis. Haynes Galleries’ newest vignette show, “Nancy Depew: Inside the Forest,” will feature Depew’s meticulously painted forest scenes that are thick with beauty and full of mystery.

The exhibit is presented in conjunction with “Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine.” Both exhibits, which highlight the variety present in contemporary landscape painting, will be on view Thursday, July 31, through Aug. 30 at Haynes Galleries, 91 Main St./Route 1. There is a July31 reception for Brown’s show from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

This spotlight on Depew’s work will focus on her series of forestscapes painted in oil. In close-up views of pristine woods, light filters through unseen canopies to spotlight vividly green trees, flowing brooks and moss-covered rocks, rendered with the utmost detail. To achieve such a level of detail, the New Jersey-based artist combines traditional realist oil painting techniques with a contemporary twist. She works extensively from life, building up paint through careful layers, but she also takes photographs to remind herself later of the structure of the scene.

“When I paint, I feel like I’m trying to uncover something that is at once very fragile and elusive,” said Depew. “If I talk too loud, it all disappears.”

Working in a rigorous yet refined realist style, Depew also paints portraits and still lifes. Her work has been exhibited widely including numerous one-woman shows at both galleries and museums, and she has received several prestigious painting fellowships.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, email; call (615) 430-8147 or 354-0605; or visit

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