On display July 15 – September 11, 2022 in Kapnick Hall
Entranced by the Garden’s waterlily collection, Christy Noonan uses her canvas to bring parts of the unseen world into our view. For over a year, she visited the Garden to study these floating wonders and capture their delicate, yet fierce, nature.
Noonan mixes and moves paint across the canvas, not just to make a painting, but to create an experience. Through her explorations of form, color, light, and movement, she aims to capture the energy of her subject and celebrate her deep connection to the natural world.
About the Artist
A Florida native, Christy Noonan has lived in Naples since the early 1950s. Her relationship with the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Everglades has been a constant since her youth. For Noonan, using oil paint to interpret the interplay of color, light, form, and movement has always been an important means to express the natural world.
After studying art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Noonan leaped into a world of adventure in the travel industry, always knowing that art would one day be at the forefront of her career. Later in her artistic journey, she continued her education in painting through a workshop led by Graham Nickson, Dean of the New York Studio School, where she met American Abstract Expressionist painter, Hollis Jeffcoat. The opportunity to study with Jeffcoat is what gave her the extra push needed to become a full-time professional artist.
This exhibition is organized by Naples Botanical Garden.
Image Credit: Waterfall Pond, 2022, Christy Noonan