Enjoy This Beautiful Visual Escape to “The Pond” with the Latest Jerald Melberg Gallery Exhibit

Thomas McNickle, Creek Bend, 2021, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery

A Jerald Melberg Gallery favorite returns this month.

Thomas McNickle, Willow Pond in Shade, 2020, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery

Thomas McNickle captures the serenity of nature through his oil on canvas paintings in his 15th solo exhibit at Jerald Melberg Gallery where “The Pond” will be on view through April 24.

Thomas McNickle, Willow Pond-Coffee Time, 2020, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery

“The core of this exhibition is a group of paintings of the  pond and its wonderful reflective beauty. I have painted it in the crisp morning light, the heavy air of  afternoon and the warm glow of evening. I have painted it in the spring, summer and fall.”

Thomas McNickle, artist
Thomas McNickle, Willow Pond-Evening Shadows, 2020, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery

McNickle calls rural Pennsylvania home. Volant, where he lives, had a population of 100 people as of 2019. Northwestern Pennsylvania offers plenty of space for an artist like McNickle, inspiring his work for decades. While his craft focuses on both landscapes and abstracts, the exhibition focuses on the former. McNickle paints contemporary but timeless landscapes in both oil and watercolor.  Often working from studies created en plein air, McNickle wants his work to evoke the sensorial experience of coming upon the landscape.

“Tom is an amazing painter. His facility with paint and brush is just astonishing, and I think that very obvious when people see the work—his deft hand is amazing.”

Jerald Melberg, gallery owner

McNickle’s morning ritual, like most, begins with a cup of coffee. Then he seeks inspiration by searching for new elements of the land he knows well. One exploration led to the discovery of the pond the exhibit is based around.

Thomas McNickle, Willow Pond-Spring Light, 2020, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery
Thomas McNickle, Bullrushes-Newport Lake, 2020, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery
Thomas McNickle, Fox Creek, 2020, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery

“As I painted, I  realized how completely suffused my aesthetic had become by this small, intimate place that nature had  given me. It has been a most cathartic experience.”

Thomas McNickle
Thomas McNickle, Willow Pond-Summer Greens, 2020, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery
Thomas McNickle, Willow Pond-October, 2020, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery
Thomas McNickle, Willow Pond-September, 2020, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery

McNickle’s love story with painting began as a teenager. Since then, his work has been shown in more than 100 museum and gallery exhibitions. His work is part of numerous collections, including The Mint Museum, Butler Institute of American Art, Hoyt Art Center,  Vero Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Gibbes Museum of Art and Morris Museum of Art.

Thomas McNickle, Long Shadows, 2020, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery
Thomas McNickle, Sunlight Against the Storm, 2020, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery
Thomas McNickle, The Herons Pond, 2020, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery
Thomas McNickle in studio, 2009, courtesy Jerald Melberg Gallery

Jerald Melberg Gallery

Classic contemporary art gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina. Advising individual collectors, corporations and museums on fine art acquisitions since 1983.

625 South Sharon Amity Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-4
[email protected] 704.365.3000



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