Originally from the East Coast, Nancy moved west to earn a Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the University of Utah. Waking up to the natural beauty of the red desert and snow covered peaks of the La Sal Mountains, while camping in Moab, she decided she had to stay in the West. A new way of life with more time spent outdoors in the mountains and desert was transformative. Oil painting had always been a passion. After working many years on the development medical devices and having two children, Nancy decided to seriously pursue painting. In fact, it was a good deal she made with her husband. He wanted to return to Colorado and she agreed to move if she could take time to paint (with 2 babies in tow). She studied with Mike Desatnick and attended numerous painting and drawing workshops taught by a variety of leading artists. Today, she continues to learn and grow as an artist. Nancy enjoys painting portrait, landscape and still life subject matter. She lives, works and plays (mountain biking, hiking and skiing) in Durango, Colorado.
I regularly oil paint from life in order to train my eye which captures light and depth differently than a camera. As much as possible, I work from the inside out and concentrate on connecting clean, crisp brushstrokes. For me, this process takes discipline and I love to see an image executed in this manner emerge. The challenge of conveying my perception to the viewer is my motivation. Mixing it up by painting different subject matter makes life more interesting and offers new learning experiences.