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“I try to capture the essence of an object rather than a literal interpretation. My interest in a dandelion, for instance, is in the vibrant colour and unique texture of its needle-like petals. For these I have to create my own palette knives to capture their distinctive texture.”
Poppies, pears and seascapes are a much loved subjects to which she frequently returns:
“I find I return to some subjects time and again but each exploration results in a different view, a unique rendering of the essence of poppies for instance. Likewise, a Polish glass vase bought by a friend, or the beauty within Bristol Blue Glass regularly feature in my work.”
The common thread in her subject matter is a love of nature, and Nancy’s garden is the source of many of the flowers featured in her work. Coastal walks along the Severn estuary and frequent trips to Cornwall, Devon and Dorset as well as the European lakes are a source of inspiration which can be seen in her work.
Nancy began her artistic endeavour at an early age, but academic studies took over and she worked in the charity sector for 30 years before deciding in 2019 to devote more time to painting. She is inspired by the work of artists such as Philip Richardson, Peter King and Mhairi Mcgregor and is thankful to Liz Hough who she met through courses at St Ives School of Painting and to many local Bristol artists who encouraged her to exhibit.
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