Local artist Ernest Nipper has donated two paintings to St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs.
Nipper and his wife, Rosemary, presented the paintings to Dr. Manjusha Kota, MD, Dr. P.K. Reddy, MD, and Dr. David Pruitt, MD, at the Mercy Cancer Center on Thursday afternoon.
One painting, “Rio Grande Clouds,” will remain in the offices of Dr. Kota and Dr. Reddy in the Mercy Cancer Center. Nipper valued the work of art at $1,500. The 30 x 30-inches acrylic paint on canvas features the 600-foot deep canyon created by the Rio Grande River near Taos, New Mexico.
The other painting, “Pagosa Springs Sunset,” was donated to the St. Joseph’s Mercy Relay for Life team. It will be auctioned off at a later date to provide funds to be donated. It is a 16x20-inch acrylic paint on canvas and features a sunset in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
After retiring in 1988 Nipper, a Camden native, moved to Sunset Bay on Lake Hamilton just outside of Hot Springs. Nipper started drawing again and “immediately fell in love with the process of putting paint on canvas.” To learn more about Nipper go to www.ernestnipper.com.