Nina Jerome

Maine Painter

Driving in the Rain

“And Nina Jerome is tough. Her black-and-white oils of wet roads and bleak skies grind my skin and delight me eye. To produce such impact with so limited means is a powerful achievement. It is a matter of confronting the dark side of the landscape, of roads without promise, of light in mysterious moments. It's real, it's out there and Jerome knows it well.”

Philip Isaacson
Maine Sunday Telegram, November 30, 2003



Driving is often the way in which Americans experience landscape, and a way in which I sometimes explore unfamiliar territory. Commuting during a torrential rain, I recognized visual similarities between the wet roadway and the surface of bodies of water that I often paint. The reflection of land, sky, and movement of approaching vehicles seemed to transform the familiar roadway into a more exciting structure, as if I were driving on an active river.

Driving 1
Driving in the Rain 1, 11 x 14 in.
Driving 2
Driving in the Rain 2, 11 x 14 in.
Driving 3
Driving in the Rain 3, 11 x 14 in.
Driving 4
Driving in the Rain 4, 11 x 14 in.
Driving 5
Driving in the Rain 5, 11 x 14 in.
Driving 11
Driving in the Rain 11, 11 x 14 in.
Driving 7
Driving in the Rain 7, 11 x 14 in.
Driving 8
Driving in the Rain 8, 11 x 14 in.
Driving 9
Driving in the Rain 9, 11 x 14 in.
Driving 10
Driving in the Rain 10, 11 x 14 in.
Driving 6
Driving in the Rain 6, 11 x 14 in.
Driving 12
Driving in the Rain 12, 11 x 14 in.