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Nancy_Muses_lenaBio Nancy’s approach to art flows naturally out of her long career in graphic design and illustration. Balanced color and expressive patterns are precisely arranged in design, but in her art these are set free. Nancy’s most evocative compositions to date are available for public viewing and sale at The Chopra Center, the spiritual home of Deepak Chopra, at Omni Resorts La Costa. Her artwork also hangs in private collections all over North America and her product line, which focuses on “spiritually centered” stationery products can be found is stores across the USA.

A native of Montreal, Canada, Nancy’s design career flourished for six years in New York City before she made her home in Encinitas, California in 1990. She is a graduate of Dawson College and studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal. She also studied with the School of Visual Arts in Tangier, Morocco and in New York City. Her ongoing creative interests are in printmaking, mixed media, art journaling, mail art and book arts. She is a member of the San Diego Book Arts. Nancy spent six weeks as one of nine artists selected for the “Convergence” art residency in Tetouan, Morocco in 2016.

Artist Statement  The connecting threads of my design background, insatiable curiosity and need to make images are expressed in my art. The harmony of these elements is evident in the overlapping colors and patterns that inform the work. Whether creating traditional monotypes on an etching press, or rapid fire prints with a gelatin plate, following the muse through the art journaling process or making books — I feel at home when the unexpected magic of art-making occurs. It’s an act of letting go. Discarding any road map allows the creative spirit to present itself and illuminate the path. The more open, flexible and fluid I remain, the more powerful the image becomes. I am drawn to the east, the sand countries and their exotic influence on what I create.

Pictured are the muses… Minka, Lena and Owen with Nancy.
 
EDUCATION & CV
Commercial Art Degree — Dawson College, Montreal Canada
Painting & Sculpture — Concordia University, Montreal Canada
Graphic Design Summer Program — SVA, Tangier Morocco
Graphic Design Studies with Milton Glaser — SVA, New York NY
Studies in Digital Media — Palomar College, San Marcos CA
Screen Printing — UCSD, San Diego CA
Collage Techniques with Jonathan Talbot — Junction City OR
Monotype & Screenprinting — Space for Art, San Diego CA
Monotype Workshop with Amber George — The Athenaeum, San Diego CA
Linocut Block Printing Workshop — Spacecraft, Brooklyn NY
Monotype with Loretta Kramer — Art Academy of San Diego, San Diego CA
Beyond Monotype Intensive with Ron Pokrasso — Idylwild Arts, Idylwild CA
Letterpress with Sibyl Rubottom — Bay Park Press, San Diego CA
Bookbinding & Paper Making with Kevin Greeland — San Diego Art Department, San Diego CA
Monotype & Solar Plates with Ron Pokrasso — Timberwick Studio, Santa Fe NM
Monotype with Ron Pokrasso — Fallbrook School of the Arts, Fallbrook CA
Art as Improv with Sas Colby — San Diego Book Arts, San Diego CA
Monotype & Solar Plates with Dan Welden — Fallbrook School of the Arts, Fallbrook CA
Collage Masterclass — San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego CA
Monotype Pamper Session with Ron Pokrasso — Fallbrook School of the Arts, Fallbrook CA
The Book as Art: Sculpture or Wall Art Workshop with Laura Wait — San Diego Book Arts, San Diego CA
Exploring Digital Printing on Alternative Surfaces with Kathy Anne White — San Diego Book Arts, San Diego CA
Hand-Painted Fabric Journal Workshop with Sue Bleiweiss — San Diego Book Arts, San Diego CA
Art Journaling with Orly Avineri — Del Mar CA
Expressive Painting with Jesse Reno — Idylwild Arts, Idylwild CA
Cover to Cover with Seth Apter — San Diego Book Arts, San Diego CA
For Your Eyes Only with Seth Apter — San Diego Book Arts, San Diego CA
Art Journaling — Roxanne Coble, San Marcos CA
Mark Making Tools — Al Rodriguez, San Diego CA
Cube Book — Gina Pisselo, San Diego CA
Art Journaling — Kelly Kilmer, San Diego CA
Six-Week Artist Residency — Green Olive Arts, Tetouan, Morocco
Sketch-Book-Stitch
 Workshop — Cas Holmes
, San Diego CA
Art Journaling — Juliana Coles, San Diego, CA
Moroccan Mail Art — Juliana Coles, Encinitas CA
 
NANCY’S CLASSES
INTRO TO ART JOURNALING: Art Lounge on 101 — Encinitas, CA 04/2017
GELLI PRINT BOOKS WORKSHOP: Art Lounge on 101 — Encinitas, CA 02/2017
GELLI PRINT & BOOKARTS: Camp de Benneville Pines — Angelus Oaks 08/2016
INTRO TO ART JOURNALING: Art Lounge on 101 — Encinitas, CA 07/2016
INTRO TO ART JOURNALING: Art Lounge on 101 — Encinitas, CA 06/2016
GELLI PRINT PLAYSHOP: Art Lounge on 101 — Encinitas, CA 05/2016
INTRO TO ART JOURNALING: Art Lounge on 101 — Encinitas, CA 04/2015
GELLI PRINT & BOOKARTS: Camp de Benneville Pines — Angelus Oaks 08/2015
GELLI PRINT PLAYSHOP: Pnina Gold’s Studio — Normal Heights, San Diego CA 11/2014
GELLI PRINT PLAYSHOP: Joan Crone’s Studio — Mission Hills CA 10/2014
GELLI PRINT PLAYSHOP: Sara Rosenbluth’s Studio — La Jolla CA 08/2014
 
EXHIBITS
Mar/May 2017   BEFORE, DURING & AFTER. First Street Gallery & Framing — Encinitas CA
Jun/Dec 2016   2 PERSON SHOW. Hera Hub — Carlsbad & San Diego CA
Apr/Oct 2016   MOROCCAN JOURNEY. Art Lounge on 101 — Encinitas, CA
Oct/Nov 2015   CHERCHEZ LA FEMME: Group Show. Woman’s Museum of California — San Diego CA
Mar/Apr 2014   LUMINOUS: Light & Transparency on Paper two-person show. Civic Center Gallery — Encinitas CA
Nov/Dec 2013   ART SPEAKS: Expressions of Hope & Healing, Group Show. Art Beat on Main Street — Vista CA
 
IN THE COLLECTION OF
A. Kazi — Mill Valley CA
J. Beadel — Davie FL
C. Hurley — Ajax ON Canada
P. Martinez — Tucson AZ
P. Stafford — Oakland CA
W. Cohen — San Clemente CA
L. Hampe — Kamloops BC Canada
A. Agraphiotis — Solana Beach CA
C. Schmiedeknecht — Bothell WA
S. Lee — Sioux City IA
J. Racine — Carlsbad CA
S. James — Morongo Valley CA
D. Simon — San Diego CA
T. Herr — Encinitas CA
J. Johnson — Encinitas CA
K. Tortora — Oceanside CA
K. Kubale — Williams Bay WI
M. Grio — Orlando FL 
D. Banks — Calgary AB Canada 
S. Tucker — Kansas City MO 
M. Puglisi — Washington DC
S. Patel — San Diego CA 
P. Hacker — San Diego CA 
B. Contardi — San Diego CA 
K. Giuliano — San Diego CA
T. Hoching — San Diego CA
T. Moshref — San Diego CA
J. Stone — Carlsbad CA
E. Fischer — San Diego CA 
 
 
 
 
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