Barton, John Rector, 1897- / Rural artists of Wisconsin
Elizabeth Faulkner Nolan: Route 2, Waukesha. Keynote of freedom, pp. 111-114
ELIZABETH FAULKNER NOLAN ROUTE 2, WAUKESHA he'ed 7ed AS HER father's favorite "hired man," she knew that zX she was not cut out to be a conventional farm girl. Small of stature and feminine to the core, she neverthe- less preferred stacking the oats and feeding the cows to housework. Even today, as the young mother of two children with plenty of home chores, she still takes delight in a large garden, an orchard, a flock of chick- ens, the farm animals, and always the fields and hills beyond. Born and raised on a farm in eastern Wisconsin, she has a feeling for the free movement of growing things. This she has learned to express in art, whether in oil painting, water color, sculpture, or ceramics. Reflect- ing this mood is "Spring Frontispiece," the pastel which Curry considered her best work; in this, onions, pota- toes, and roots, sprouting in a dark cellar, lift their pale green forms upward towards the dim light of a narrow cellar window. Generations of farm people may be partly responsi- ble for her relationship to the land and her growing desire to portray it in color. Great-grandfather Faulk- ner, of Scotch-Irish lineage, was born on a farm in New York. His farmstead, "Rose Hill," was drawn by a relative, Grace Tyrrell, at one time an instructor at the Chicago Art Institute. Maternal grandfather Rus- sell was also a farmer and often amused himself by the drawing of pictures. Elizabeth Faulkner's father im- pressed her as a child with his collection of Old-World castles drawn during long winter evenings when he had i11
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