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. A new way of life with more time spent outdoors and exposure to the natural beauty of the mountains and desert was transformative. Oil painting had always been a passion. After working many years on the development medical devices, Nancy decided to seriously pursue painting. She studied with Mike Desatnick and attended numerous painting and drawing workshops taught by a variety of leading artists. Today, she continues to actively learn and grow as an artist. Nancy enjoys painting portrait, landscape and still life subject matter; she 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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