Nancy Foster was raised on the East Coast and moved west to earn a Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the University of Utah. While camping in Moab she awoke to the red desert and snow covered peaks of the La Sal Mountains and had an epiphany; the West would be her home. Oil painting had always been a passion for her. After working in the medical products field and having children, she decided to devote her time to painting. She participated in various oil painting and drawing workshops taught by Mike Desatnick, John Poon, David Leffel, Ken Auster, Debra Paris, Shan Wells, Huihan Liu, Jeffrey Watts and Quang Huang. Mike Desatnick, a former instructor at the American Academy of Art in Chicago continues to be her mentor. She enjoys painting the West, its people and still lifes. Nancy lives and works in Durango, Colorado.

Memberships and Awards

Honorable Mention - Oil Painters of America 2016 Online Exhibition

Oil Painters of America - Associate Member

Portrait Society of America

Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners

Artist's Statement

I regularly oil paint from life in order to train my eye which captures light and depth differently than a camera. Working from the inside out, I concentrate on connecting clean, crisp brushstrokes. This process takes discipline and I am intrigued by the emergence of an image executed in this manner. The challenge of conveying my perception to the viewer is my motivation.

Painting grounds me; it’s my passion.

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