A local artist at the 2017 Art in the City
“I am the youngest of seven children and at a very early age we were all encouraged to create gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and baby or bridal showers. So that always resonated with me, to be creative and give a part of myself.”
In the late 60’s and early 70’s, Macramé and Batik – the former, a technique for creating patterns with cords, and the latter requiring the application of dyes on cloth to resist wax – were all the rage amongst creative individuals. For Nancy, once she started working with her hands to produce works of art, there was no stopping her. Snowballing into a passion for drawing, weaving, embroidery, cross-stitching, and painting, Nancy’s journey continued as she joined a 2-year program at Camosun College in Victoria for Visual Arts. Her enthusiasm to learn new techniques and to experiment with an array of mediums keeps Nancy’s art interesting and ever-evolving.
Nancy often starts her creative process by taking photographs of her subject of interest, whether that is of her backyard garden or the landscapes and mountain scenery from her travels. Often, she’d start small and sketch a couple of images to get a grasp of the composition she desires. With her trusty palette of watercolours, a favoured medium of hers since age 14 when she got her first set, Nancy blends and layers colours, letting the familiarity of brightening and darkening tones come to her with ease.
For florals, Nancy sticks with the gentle flow of watercolours, and she switches to the versatility of acrylics when painting landscapes to make her pieces more striking. She strives to make what seems ordinary into a symbol of appreciation and respect for the natural beauty of our surroundings. She hopes her art will inspire others to be more mindful and caring of the environment.
With her art supplies strewn all over her home studio, and having lived in Surrey since 1994, Nancy finds the arts scene in the city encouraging and worthwhile. She suggests future artistic inspirers to join the Arts Council or the Youth Arts Council of Surrey. Don’t stop with art books, videos, and classes because there’s always a world to explore for any medium or technique.
Nancy will be participating in Art in the City, a two-day self-guided tour on September 30 and October 1 around 8 Surrey locations housing 29 artists displaying their work! Click here for full event details