I just found out that Tucson artist and icon Nancy Denzler passed away last night, surrounded by family and friends. She was the first "famous" artist I met after I moved to Tucson several years ago. She used to have an amazing party every year, the same weekend of the Open Studio Tour. I met many artists at her parties, and enjoyed her hospitality, which was legendary. I stayed late at one of her parties and enjoyed a glass of wine with her in her studio as we discussed sculpture, drawing, and abstraction in art. She was so amazing.
She had a beautiful home way out in the "boonies", in an area with horse properties. She did paint quite a few horses but I don't think she had any of her own. Her neighbors did though. She was known for her western art, but her work was more varied than that.
She had a command of light in her work which is rare. She could capture dappled light falling on a figure or early morning light shining through a fence onto the back of a horse. The way she rendered light gave form to her figures, animals, landscapes, and objects she painted. The style wasn't photo-realistic but almost impressionistic- a style all her own.
I'm running out of words for Nancy; you just have to see her art to see how hard she worked as an artist and how amazing she was. She left a legacy to inspire others for years to come.
We will miss you Nancy, rest in peace.