In today’s world unicorns are generally perceived as creatures of magic and fantasy. For those who believe in them, unicorns symbolize all that’s beautiful, pure and innocent in the human heart.
Back in 2006 Nan said unicorns were a symbol of Unity and Oneness. They are… by way of their purity and innocence. The following video is still relevant as humanity enters the Age of Aquarius, a new era of balanced male and female energies. It’s currently the only video footage of the unicorn paintings she has that shows their actual size…
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Nan never aspired to paint unicorns. It was her interest in quantum physics, metaphysics and the mystical, along with two serendipitous threads of events that wound their way into her life over an eighteen year period, which resulted in her creating wall-size tributes to the two most famous unicorn tapestries still in existence: “The Hunt For the Unicorn” at the Cloisters Museum in New York City, and “The Lady and the Unicorn” at the Cluny Museum in Paris.
In her final two years (1987 and 1988) of finishing a BFA in painting at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada Nan discovered world-renowned equine photographer Robert Vavra’s photo books and fell in love with their beauty (no digital manipulation back then, all hand done). She also discovered the breathtaking “Hunt for the Unicorn” wall-size tapestries and “The Lady and the Unicorn” print reproductions, while on a week school trip to New York.
Fast forward to 2001. Nan never really forgot Robert’s books or the monumental tapestries. She moved back to Calgary after having lived in a small hamlet named Cluny, (wouldn’t you know) Alberta, Canada for six years. This coincidence was not lost on her. She went to Paris to the Cluny Museum to see “The Lady and the Unicorn” tapestries. The five pieces, hung in a climate-controlled round room, were stunning.
Upon returning to Calgary she went to the local library to find some reference material on horses and remembered Robert Vavra’s beautiful equine books. When she typed his name into the computer up popped two books he’d done on unicorns! From that point on Nan was obsessed by the desire to do a modern tribute to the 15th- century unicorn tapestries using Robert Vavra’s images. Thanks to his generosity, she purchased copyright for the use of all of the unicorn images at a very low price and went to work. Nan has plans to do twenty large paintings. To date nine have been completed.