Healing Landscapes
A Journey from the Big Thicket to the Big Bend
Texana - Art
9.5 x 9.5, 128 pp.
38 color plates., 18 line drawings.
Pub Date: 11/21/2001
Joe and Betty Moore Texas Art Series
  cloth
Price:        $29.95

978-1-58544-140-2

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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2002 Award of Merit, presented by the Western Books Exhibition

Healing Landscapes

A Journey from the Big Thicket to the Big Bend

By Jeanne Norsworthy
Foreword by Geraldine Watson and David Alloway

Places of special beauty, grandeur, and abundance bring us closer to nature's healing powers. However, the healing touch of nature can also be found in our own backyards. From the minute to the grandiose, nature's beauty can lift, soothe, and strengthen everyone who is willing to take a moment to watch and listen. It was in the Big Thicket of East Texas and the Big Bend of far West Texas where artist Jeanne Norsworthy began to appreciate these special gifts. She responded by creating drawings and paintings that now transmit the power of these extraordinary sites to those who view her pictures and read her thought-provoking descriptions. In turn, as Norsworthy wrote, those experiences may encourage us to reach out to heal the nature that our civilization has scarred and endangered.

In this graceful and grace-filled book, Norsworthy shares her experiences with and observations of nature and people found in the Big Thicket and the Big Bend. Whether painting the life and death of a single magnolia blossom or the clear, magnifying vistas of mountain and desert, she worked with an inner voice that gave special depth and meaning to her work.

About 1990, Norsworthy was diagnosed with breast cancer and began medical treatment. It was a turning point in her art as well as her life, and thereafter she tried to describe in her work the healing that a connection to nature, and an ear for nature's half-hidden messages, can give. Her painting, always dependent on what she called "the dreamlike state," became even more allegorical in interpreting the relationship of the natural and the emotional worlds, the time "just before sleep or waking invaluable for visualizing a painting."

Norsworthy's tender and evocative art offers us an appreciation of the natural worlds of Texas' Big Thicket and Big Bend and an invitation to let nature in to help us heal.

Jeanne Norsworthy, who died in 1998, was a graduate of Sweet Briar College and the University of Texas. She received her art training at the Glassell School of Art at Houston's Museum of Fine Arts and from private instruction with John Guerin and Dan Wingren.

What Readers Are Saying:

“You will want to have this book by the late Jeanne Norsworthy. That is, you will if you love the Big Bend country of Texas for its sweeping vistas, for its silences of space and poetry of wind and sky. I picked the book up, meaning only to glance at it, but quickly became engrossed in the text. This deeply personal book and an inspiring one.”—Desert Candle, Winter 2002 --Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Don’t dismiss Healing Landscapes: A Journey From the Big Thicket to the Big Bend as another art book full of pretty pictures. It’s much more. The late author and artist Jeanne Norsworthy bares her soul within dozens of colorful paintings and pen-and-ink drawings.” --Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Healing Landscapes will be appreciated by all who understand the power of nature to touch the spirit.” --The Bloomsbury Review

“. . . a landscape she painted with the unmatched skill of a master. . . . Reading her book, Healing Landscapes, brought it all back to me. Her insight, depth of feeling, spiritual exhilaration. . . . Most of the 38 color paintings reproduced in the book are described in a journal printed next to them. The journals alone are some of the finest writing done about the Big Bend. . . . Jeanne posed many questions. Through her art and writing she answered them emphatically.” --The Lajitas Sun

“You will want to have this book by the late Jeanne Norsworthy. That is, you will if you love the Big Bend country of Texas for its sweeping vistas, for its silences of space and poetry of wind and sky. I picked the book up, meaning only to glance at it, but quickly became engrossed in the text. This is a deeply personal book and an inspiring one. . . . What makes this book of paintings (38 color plates) unusually accessible, however, are the descriptions of how she came to paint each one, and what each painting meant to her. Not one of them is an easy composition, but rather one can see that each painting evolved as an expression of a place, an event or idea and is laden with symbolic meaning. The viewer rarely has such an opportunity to understand what lies behind a picture. . . . Norsworthy’s art is very much her own–individualistic, symbolic, sensuous and joyous. . . . beautiful book. . .” --Desert Candle

“Her life and art are celebrated in Healing Landscapes. . .” --Southwest Art

“Don’t dismiss Healing Landscapes: A Journey From the Big Thicket to the Big Bend as another art book full of pretty pictures. It’s much more. The late author and artist Jeanne Norsworthy bares her soul within dozens of colorful paintings and pen-and-ink drawings.” --Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“The paintings–magnolia blossoms, desert scenes, cypress swamps, palmetto forests–convey a breathtaking and visceral connection between the inner and outer worlds. And the words? Read on....” --Texas Highways

“A landscape she painted with the unmatched skill of a master. . . . Reading her book, Healing Landscapes, brought it all back to me. Her insight, depth of feeling, spiritual exhilaration. . . . Most of the 38 color paintings reproduced in the book are described in a journal printed next to them. The journals alone are some of the finest writing done about the Big Bend. . . . Jeanne posed many questions. Through her art and writing she answered them emphatically.” --The Lajitas Sun

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