About Nancy

Nancy was born and raised in Toronto. In the fall of 2017 she relocated to the town of Stratford,Ontario. Previously she had become a well-known feature of the Toronto craft scene producing and successfully retailing a series of whimsical characters using a highly distinctive “Plaster Mache” technique. Towards the end of this almost twenty year period, Nancy joined the Avenue Road School of Art beginning the realization of a long held aspiration towards the rendered image. Within three short years in the fall of 2007, she was ready to commit to the study of realist art and became a student at the Academy of Realist Art.

"I have always been drawn to realism, to create a sense of life and living from a blank canvas or piece of paper. I find the concept of realism, absolutely fascinating. I am always surprised and amused by the degree of dimension that can be achieved, a feeling that one can almost reach into a painting and touch the objects in a still life, or possibly catch the eye of the subject in a portrait. I love both the intensity and vibrancy of the oil paints, yet it can also be such a subtle medium. I choose objects for my still life that appear to have had a life of their own, asking the viewer to wonder how they have found their way to become part of my paintings. My stories are from a moment in time, a little curious and vaguely familiar."

Although her journey didn’t begin until later in life when time and finances allowed, it was more than rewarding. Her education started with graphite, moving into carbon, charcoal and finally oil paint. Initially Nancy enrolled into the Academy to pursue her love of the human figure, but as she progressed though the program she became very fond of painting still life. If you were to ask her today, she would say that she is most comfortable in this genre. In the fall of 2013 she earned her diploma. During the two years following her graduation, Nancy became the first female instructor at the Academy. Late in 2015 Nancy left her teaching position in order to become a full time artist.

Associations:

The Get Real! Artists
The Art Renewal Center (ARC)
Oil Painters of America (OPOA)

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Highlights:

2018

“Market Morning Weight In” was awarded 3rd place in The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition in the Still Life Category

2016

“Market Morning Weigh In” was voted FAV% in July Boldbrush Painting Competition

 

March – “Iron Dog” won second place in the Visual Arts Mississauga Annual Members Show

2015

“Portrait of Meena ll” was voted FAV 15% in December 2015 Boldbrush Painting Competition

 

“Portrait of Meena” was voted FAV 15% in August 2015 Boldbrush Painting Competition

 

“Portrait of John” was voted FAV 15% in February 2015 Boldbrush Painting Competition

 

“Roller Skates” was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition

2014

“Iron Dog” was voted FAV 15% in October 2014 Boldbrush Painting Competition

 

“Roller Skates” was voted FAV15% in August 2014 Boldbrush Painting Competition

 

Nancy’s second still life –“Blue Butterfly” another fourth year work at the ARA – was a honourable mention in the 2014 Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon Competition

 

“Blue Butterfly” was given an Honorary Distinction Award in the February 2014 Collection Beaux-Arts Realiste, Montreal Quebec Competition

2013

Nancy’s first still life -“Soup Tureen” a fourth year work at the ARA – was a finalist in the 2013 Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon Competition.

 

“Soup Tureen” won third place in The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition in the Student Category

 

 

Exhibitions:

2018

July 11-Aug.10 Annual Square foot show, Westland Gallery, 156 Wortley Road, London Ontario

2017

Aug.8 – Sept.25 “Keeping It Real in Dundas” , The Get Real Artist Group, Dundas Museum, 139 Park Street, Dundas Ontario

 

July 12 – Aug.11 Annual Square Foot Show, Westland Gallery, 156 Wortley Road, London, Ontario.

 

Mar.28 – Apr.15 “A Journey Into Realism” Westland Gallery, 156 Wortley Road, London, Ontario

 

Jan.12 – Feb. 18 Visual Arts Mississauga, 39th Annual Juried Show of fine Arts, 300 City centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario

2016

Nov. 1 – 30 “The New Masters” Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre, 901 Eglinton Ave. W., North York

 

Oct 4 – 23 Ontario Society of Artists Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition, Nelson Park Creative Centre, Mississauga

 

Sept 26 – Oct 7 Get Real!Artists premiere Exhibition, Visual Arts Mississauga

 

July 13 – Aug 12 Annual Square Foot Show, Westland Gallery,156 Wortley Road, London Ontario

 

June – Oil Painters of America, Summer On-line Exhibition

 

May 21 - June 25 Academy of Realist Art, Annual spring Show and Sale

 

Mar. 24-Apr.3 – Visual Arts Mississauga Annual Members Show

 

March - Oil Painters of America Online Spring Showcase

2015

Dec.12- Jan.15 The Academy of Realist Art Toronto, Annual Christmas Show and Sale

 

November 2015 Oil Painters of America, Fall Online Exhibition

 

August 14,15,16 Buckhorn Arts Festival, Buckhorn Ontario

 

July/August, “The New Masters” Carrier Gallery, Columbus centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. W., North York

 

June, the Academy of Realist Art Toronto, Annual Spring Show and Sale

2014

December, the Academy of Realist Art Toronto, Annual Christmas Show and Sale

 

Oct.8-Nov.3, “The New Masters” Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave.W., North York

 

October/November The Image Foundry, “Master Drawings”, 1581 Dupont Street, Toronto

 

Aug. 1st- 13th, The Duke, 2800 Dundas St. W., Toronto

 

August 2014 Oil Painters of America, Summer Online Exhibition

 

June 17th to July 4th Gallery 814, 814 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto

 

May 17th- June 21st Academy of Realist Art, 1st Annual Spring Exhibition and Sale

 

March, April, ARA Group Exhibition, Image Foundry, 1581 Dupont Street, Toronto

2013

December, The Academy of Realist Art Toronto, Annual Christmas Show and Sale
(Group Exhibition)