Piece description from the artist
This is a painting based on seeing a young girl and her mother swimming in the Verde River outside of Cottonwood, Arizona. Rather than use the people as the subjects of the painting, I preferred to use the sandals to indicate the presence of people in the water. The stillness of the upper third of the painting is in direct contrast to the movement and color in the water.
A contemporary artist based in Phoenix, Arizona, Ellen Nemetz is a member of the eye lounge artist cooperative. Ms. Nemetz is known for her contemporary representationalism. She works in oil and acrylic. Her artwork is built on self-examination and observations of her own mental and emotional processes.
Ms. Nemetz studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin and Studio Art at Maricopa County Community Colleges, in Arizona. She is the recipient of the League of Innovation Award (2013 and 2014). Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and is in public and private collections in Europe and the United States.