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‘Trees for all seasons’ in Vail

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail Valley painter Nancy Rondeau in front of her painting "Aspen Stand Before the Evergreen" in her new home studio.

VAIL, Colorado – Vail Valley oil painter Nancy Rondeau is fascinated by trees. So much so that the Vail painter spent months in her home studio painting trees – mostly Aspens and Evergreens in spring, summer, fall and winter settings. There are also some studies on branch patterns, she said.

“It was really a fascinating project,” Rondeau said.

Thirteen paintings from the project will be on display at the Vail Public Library’s community room from today through Nov. 29. An artist reception is set for Nov. 27 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The exhibit is called “Trees For All Seasons.”

Rondeau, who is best known for her oil landscape paintings of familiar local mountain and valley vistas, has lived in Vail with her husband Paul since 1988. After spending 30 years in the real estate business, Rondeau is now retired and paints full time.

After years of painting in the corner of her kitchen, Rondeau now has her own studio space in her home on Matterhorn Circle in Vail.

“I’ve been painting en plein air for years,” she said. “I decided to focus on trees this past winter. With my new studio, I thought it would be a good topic to work on.”

This two-week show is Rondeau’s fifth installation at the Vail Library. The paintings range in price from $125 to $400.

“I’m not in this for the commercial opportunities, I’m in it for the enjoyment,” she said.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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