June Nye, Landscape

June T Nye, was 86 when she passed away peacefully of natural causes at her home on Whidbey Island. She was born in Seattle on June 29, 1916.
June loved art, music and the outdoors. She began painting as a child and attended creative art classes at the Music and Art Foundation until age 17. She studied at the Seattle Academy and began serious work at home. She was a contemporary of painters Morris Graves and Guy Anderson. She also studied with the eminent Mark Tobey for over 10 years, receiving guidance and inspiriation. Through his teaching, a work of art became a creation with an entity of its own.
Over the last 20 years she became a noted sumi painter and her works of art were exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum and Frye Museum. Her later works were exhibited at the Museo Piccolo Gallery in Langley, Washington. She also gained much inspiriation from her friends at the Greenbank Artist Monday Group.
June had a special affection for classical music and in her earlier years was an avid piano player of Bach, Schumann and Mozart.
She especially loved the great outdoors and called herself “a lover of mountains, earth and sea.” She and her late husband, Bill “Willy” Nye, spent many summer months sailing in the San Juan Islands off British Columbia on their beloved sailboat, Gabriola. They were longtime members of the Seattle Yacht Club. After they sold their sailboat they went on many adventures into the mountains in their motorhome. They especially loved the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, where their daughter lives.
In 1989, June moved to Mutiny Sands on Whidbey Island, where she loved walking on the beach exploring the many wonders of sea life.
Any one who met June would agree that she was a woman of great spirituality with a zest for life. She lived in the moment and found beauty in everything she gazed upon. She touched many peoples lives and will be by all who knew her.