Nancy in Studio

“I graduated from Mary Baldwin College with a B.A. in Studio Art focusing on oil painting and arts management.  Later I participated in classes and workshops to broaden my knowledge in printmaking and mixed media.  Over the past decades I have exhibited in numerous juried and group exhibits as well as a few solo exhibitions.  

My works reflect more and more of my observations out in nature – especially the avian world.

My bird nest paintings, mixed media and assemblages celebrate the cycle of avian parenthood – from constructing the nest, egg laying, incubating, hatching, feeding and fledging the young. Then: Ready for Flight! This cycle is condensed into only four to seven weeks.  The last part of the cycle is the empty nest, which I honor the success of the parent and offspring in my ‘empty nest‘ series.

The 3-dimensional mixed media and assemblages includes tar, oil paint, sand, found items and natural materials.  Objects found over many years are often combined to create these works – some are more realistic than others. All have been a pleasure to create!” 

“The nests I have used for models and texturing were collected well after the breeding/nesting cycle of the birds. The adults had vacated and the young had fledged. I have not interfered with nature.”