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photograph by Emily Chaplin

daniel nevins artUpstairs, Daniel Nevins creates wooden panels — his canvases. Downstairs, he paints abstracts that aren’t, quite: His images of tendrils and stamens and stems and knobs and organs and folds of tissue or fabric or viscera may be just that — or something else entirely. They throb and pulse and reach and quiver with intense color, and with, as Nevins cheerfully says, “the terrible beauty of something that makes you sad.” Or, rather, makes you wish it were in your house.

Many of Nevins’s oil paintings on wood, like Number 10 (left), explore the relationship between shapes and colors. See more of Nevins’s work at danielnevins.com.

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Kelly is a contributing editor at Our State. She is the author of By Accident and the novels Now You Know, The Last of Something, Even Now, and How Close We Come, winner of the Carolina Novel Award and an alternate selection of Book-of-the-Month Club. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in Greensboro.