In the Audubon Tradition Exhibition
About Nancy Foureman
Often the content of a body of works has much to do with the way an artist thinks. Painting has a lot to do with life experiences. Often more than how brush strokes are put on a canvass. Painting reflects life experiences; learning about new places, seeing a new species for the first time, meeting interesting people, and then relating these experiences on canvass. We often see people on the street and do not realize the vast chamber held within that person until we engage in conversation about art, music, faith or nature.
Friends say it best, “Most days Nancy’s studio buzzes with activity-paint tubes, easels, palettes, and budding artists of all ages spill into every corner of the rooms. In the midst of all this activity, the door is likely to open to admit a fellow artist or a student seeking advice on a troublesome art project, or information on art materials or shows, or (I suspect) just to smell the paint and freshly brewed coffee.
Nancy moves through the seeming confusion with great good humor and endless patience. She manages to give her attention to everyone seeking help. I remember from my days as Nancy’s student how much I learned from her, but most of all I remember the fellowship and the fun and the laughter which rang from her studio.”
-Miriam Vermilya, Pulitzer Prize Nominee
Nancy says, “Spending much of my childhood traveling and moving extensively made me observant and aware of my surroundings. This led to the desire to put places, ideas, and people on paper and canvas. Moving from the Midwest tom California then to Colorado, Arizona and then back to the Midwest was exciting and stimulating. This gave me the insight and curiosity to discover new and interesting things, the desire to see and understand the world around us. My grandmother had a great influence on my life. She had the time and patience to show and teach me about art, music, and the wonderful things of nature: birds, wildflowers, and the love of people. My mother taught me the spirit of adventure and the confidence to explore new things. My husband, children and now grandchildren have been my best teachers — this is a good life.”
The Clear Call-Yellow-headed Blackbirds
32 x 40
The distinctive clear call of the blackbirds always draws my attention. A flash of color among the cattails become a game: who can see who first. Always a possibility the male can find a mate. What a pleasure to be connected to this scene and record it in a painting.
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Mangrove Discovery-Rosetta Spoonbills
30 x 38 x 2
My first experience taking a kayak through the mangroves was a trip of discovery. It was a feeling of entanglement of branches and roots that weave cross and around each other; it was what inspired this painting. The kayak slipped through and under the mangroves revealing these beautiful Rosetta Spoonbills.
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The Right Spot
31 x 29
Fast darting movements on the ground requires patience to create a composition. Watching where he was going next and thinking, is this the right composition? Finally; seeing a flutter, I thought he was gone. Looking up in the palm, he was in a high advantage site. This was the spot that was most familiar to him and what I wanted to paint.