Living with an artist is an extraordinary experience. Over 35 years watching Nancy’s creative evolution and exploration I have come to appreciate the intense focus and desire of the aesthetic impulse. There have been many transformations each leading to a new vision and expression. This book reflects the result of a quantum leap that began three years ago.
The result is her signature style using thick, physical impasto-like brush strokes and bright vivid colors to draw attention to the flat digital world around us. She looks back to Greek bas relief, Renaissance portraiture, Impressionist color and Abstract Geometrics, then focuses on color and light, form, narrative and pathos to bring attention to our twenty first century culture. We live in LA. Many people use travel to enliven their perception with changed environments. The new, the unusual, the exotic can awaken minds and creativity. The day-to-day reality can become ordinary or worse yet, invisible. In Los Angeles there is such a diversity and wealth of potential experience that it might never be exhausted. Millions of people every year travel to Los Angeles for just that reason. Nancy provides us a way to see this magical city with “new eyes.” To take the familiar and make it unfamiliar again. Taking the usual and making it unusual and thus gaining a renewed appreciation and understanding of where we live. I am always watching fascinated as her next creative vision unfolds. Randall Wise