The goal of my paintings is to lead the viewer into my world of nature thru abstracted images. I paint because I love the process. From color, composition, line, form and intuition. I approach my work with passion and creative choices.
Landscapes, birds and animals are my current subject matter. As I paint I commune and connect with nature. In the beginning I draw what I see and it becomes what I feel.
During painting I transform familiar objects, representing them just enough for the viewer to make their own meaning from my abstraction while allowing the viewer to take time to appreciate and to personally assess.
Currently working in water color and pastels on archival papers I continue to explore new means of creative expression through all available mediums, materials and tools. I loved to camp while growing up in Seattle. The trees, the
mountains and water inspired my earliest drawings as they do today.
Living in Tucson has added cactus, rocks, skies and desert brushes to my landscapes. I have found freedom while painting. During the process of creating art my mind and body connect. For me painting is pure pleasure.
Nancy was a doodler from an early age growing up along the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where her awareness and curiosity drew her to enjoying nature. She also loved to finger paint and create “masterpieces” with crayons. Later her mother taught her to paint using Japanese techniques as well as sending her to art classes.
Fine art was introduced to Nancy by her mother who loved the works of Rembrandt and Monet and gave her every opportunity to visit museums and art gallaries during the family travels. Nancy’s first recollection of fine art, at the age of ten, was at the Art Institute of Chicago where she was fascinated by the work of Georges Serat and wondered how anyone “could have the patience to make all those dots”. As she matured, she found the work of the Impressionists,
Robert Bateman and Steve Hanks fascinating and beautiful.
She continued her love of drawing and art as a hobby. However, her career was in Science Education where she worked with middle schoolers imparting her love of the natural world.
Nancy has traveled with her husband, Jim, to many locations including Africa, Japan, Central and South America and Europe where she experienced the beauty and culture of many environments and civilizations.
All the locales which she has visited have influenced her work by demonstrating to her the importance to observe the world around us including contrasts, shadows and small nuances in color. Nancy wants you to admire and
appreciate the grandeur of nature through her use of color, light and value in her painting.
Nancy currently lives in Green Valley, Arizona creating works in pastel, oil, watercolor and graphite. In addition to her membership in TPS, Nancy is the current President of Santa Rita Art League in Green Valley.
My lifelong love of travel and the beauty of nature has fit well with my interest in painting that developed after I retired. I had dabbled a little in art work and oils years ago but didn’t keep at it. We lived most of our life in the Redwood Empire and the wild northern Pacific Coast before moving to the Sonoran Desert twenty-four years ago. In Tucson I registered for an OASIS adult education class in pastels in 2005 and enjoyed it. (Cheryl Bullard was in that class which was taught by artists Peg Allen and the late Dale Allen.) I kept on weekly for five years when the class ended. I love the vivid colors of pastels and the many choices of papers and sticks—lots to experiment with! Fortunately I found the Tucson Pastel Society starting to hold meetings at the Jewish Community Center.
As an amateur hobbyist I use my photos as reference. Since my husband had worked as a naturalist I was used to looking at flora and fauna in great detail—something of a hindrance for trying to be impressionistic. Landscapes and flowers are my favorite subjects and I enjoy painting old buildings and historic sites as well. Taking a plein air class with Meredith trained me to speed up and paint on site to “catch the light”. But I need to practice more and more and forgo other hobbies and interests.
We enjoy driving to Albuquerque to attend the IAPS conference every other year, meeting artists from all over the world, seeing their works, and taking classes. The TPS has been a treasure trove of information and opportunity for us artists and has been an impetus for me to continue painting and try to improve my ability.
I was born in Memphis, Tennessee as a third generation painter. Growing up, I played under my mother’s easel and developed a love for drawing. My mother was a portrait painter, my aunt was a landscape painter and my grandmother was a porcelain painter who designed and painted china patterns.
My artistic training developed through formal education, intense practice at the easel, experimentation and tutelage under several new masters. At a time when representational art was not offered in the fine arts curriculum of most universities, I chose to earn a Bachelor's of Art (B.A.) degree in Art History by studying the Old Masters via the classroom instead.
My earliest professional drawing experience consisted of technical and architectural blueprints, prior to computer aided design software. However my artistic drawing skills were honed via The Drawing Studio (TDS) in Tucson, Arizona and I eventually started teaching myself. I also continued my studio art education through professional workshops and I studied privately under several contemporary artists including Dawn Emerson, Suchitra Bhosle and Stephanie Birdsall.
My work has been exhibited in multiple selected solo shows, galleries and group shows across the United States. However today I really just enjoy teaching art with the Art Verve Academy.
I have had a lifelong appreciation for nature. As a child, I spent all of my free time building forts outside, riding bikes, and climbing trees. I would constantly bring home nature’s tokens: pinecones, shells, seedpods, and rocks (LOTS of rocks). When I couldn’t be out of doors I was drawing pictures of it.
As a teen, I spent even more time drawing and learning to see. But we all have to grow up, and once I was married art necessarily took a backseat. My family grew, and I did not have much time for drawing. But we did spend lots of family time outdoors playing and camping. My five children developed a reverence for nature and learned to be good stewards of the earth. I shared what I knew about wildlife, plants…and rocks.
Finally, with my youngest child in high school, I found my way back to art. I started with the basics, waking up those dormant brain cells with graphite exercises. When I felt comfortable again, I tried my hand at colored pencil. Having done some watercolor in college, my return to this was very satisfying. But when I saw a friend working in pastel---wow! I was awakened to its luminosity like Dorothy stepping into OZ! A pastel love affair ensued. With its velvety texture and resplendent color, I was hooked!
Pastel is heady and exciting! Pastel is vivid and fresh. Pastel can appear as substantial as oil paint, but there is no dry time. I connect with the color like it’s coming right from my fingertips. I believe I have found the perfect medium to express my deep-seated love of the landscape. Nature, in its variety, is a constant source of inspiration and now I share my joy through my pastels.
Working in pastel has opened many new opportunities. I have been honored to have my artwork included in several TPS shows as well as exhibitions for the Empire Ranch Foundation and the current show, Puma: Past and Present at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.
Art and design have always been an interest and passion for me. I have had some basic training in drawing, painting, and design, in schools I have attended. My interest is in landscapes and portraits. My mediums are pastels, acrylics, and oils. I worked in oils for 35 years doing high-end custom furniture finishing and refinishing, working with designers and custom builders on custom homes. The last 10 years I designed, built, and finished custom cabinets for custom homes.
I grew up in the Middle West until my father decided to become a farmer and we moved to an apple orchard in Pennsylvania. I was an artist from a very early age and my family saw to it that I had classes while in elementary school at the local museum. I took more classes in college but when I became immersed in my career as an academic librarian, I stopped drawing. My younger sister became the serious artist and an art conservator, and I stepped back and enjoyed her work. Because I was lucky enough to end up in Tucson, I had new opportunities to rediscover my love of drawing through the Art Institute at the Desert Museum and then the Drawing Studio. I tried color pencils, water color and oils but pastel came out on top. I love to draw and I consider pastel the ultimate drawing experience.