Former Firnew Artist Nan Mahone


Nan Mahone Wellborn is a landscape painter who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She interprets nature and color, responding to the feelings and moods created by constantly changing light in the landscape. Oils and gouache are her mediums and observation is at the root of her work. She prefers to start her paintings outside, along the banks of rivers and ponds that offer reflections and movement.

Nan’s paintings are driven by an emotional and expressive interpretation of her interest in a sense of place. Her style captures the immediacy of the moment; she creates tension by taking classic subjects and imbuing them with a modern sense of color and application.

Artist’s Statement

I want to connect you to an evocative experience and feel the passion I have for the landscape. I want you to feel as if you’re in that place, at that time, to give you a heightened sense of the warmth, smells, textures, colors, and atmosphere.