"A Canadian Reel"© arranged digitally by D.W. Anstedt.During the past 30 years I have traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada looking for Lighthouses. My vacations have often been completed with a statement by my husband,"Isn't there something else to see on a vacation besides Lighthouses?"He is usually kidding of course, because it was a "gut" feeling he would have about where a lighthouse should be located, that we would find one. More often than not, there were no directions or signs pointing to what was just a mark on a map...
Some of the highlights of these vacations are very clear remembrances. When we traveled to Nova Scotia in the early 1970's, we came upon a scene in a farmer's barnyard with animals eating out of the top of what was once a local lighthouse that the farmer said the structure or tower had been dumped off the cliff into the water...
On another trip to the Northwest we had driven a long way off a State Highway only to find that the lighthouse was fenced and locked. The narrow dirt road leading to the Lighthouse was on the top of a cliff with nothing but the water on both sides of the road. We had to back up slowly for over a mile to get back to safety...
A few years ago we visited Prince Edward Island and toured this Canadian Province over a period of a couple of weeks. The numerous beautiful lighthouses that dot the coastline are very unique. We had made reservations to stay overnight in what is called...the eastern-most Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast Inn on the North American continent. The Innkeeper is the daughter of the last lighthouse keeper who served there and she is also the President of the Lighthouse Association of Prince Edward Island. We spent the night after dinner with a walk along the coast, watching the sun set and listening to ghost stories of this famous lighthouse's past. The Innkeeper kept us up until the wee hours of the morning with story after story, and I don't think we had more than a couple hours sleep.
In the early 1980's, I decided to make lighthouses a subject matter for teaching children, and adults in my programs on watercolor painting. Since that time, I have given programs to over 10,000 children and hundreds of adults. With the exception of a few demonstrations since the early 1980's, each of the lighthouses I have painted have been a new challenge.
For many years I have set myself a goal and that is to never paint the same lighthouse exactly like I have painted it before. Now, when I look back at my finished lighthouse paintings, I see a lot of paintings and some of them have wonderful memories .
I love the sea and I keep coming back again and again. It seems to provide me with mystery and power, danger and comfort, and allows for endless compositions and endless interpretations.
° CONTACT ° LINKS °"Nancy is an internationally known artist specializing in birds, landscapes, lighthouses and portraits of unusual people. Nancy finds innovative ways to always bring a new perspective to her work...She brings sensitivity to the watercolor medium...She has a lot of integrity toher work."Excerpted from "Brush with Greatness" by Mark Mandernach, Chicago TribuneBACKGROUND
PROFESSIONAL ART AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
- Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, CHINA - 1984
- Studied with numerous watercolorists including: the late Ed Whitney, AWS; the late RobertE. Wood, AWS; the late Dong Kingman, NA; the late Lu Yanshao, a contemporary master Chinese artist; Cheng-Khee Chee, DFAWS; and a master watercolor class with Ed Betts, AWS, NA
- Professional Painter in watercolor since 1972
- Painting Instructor for beginning and advanced watercolor classes in both District 211
and 214 Adult Education Programs for 40 years
- Conducted over 50 watercolor workshops throughout the midwest, FL, CO and NH
MAJOR JURIED EXHIBITIONS / INVITATIONAL SHOWS (partial list)
- Midwest Watecolor Society -
2002 - 26th National Exhibition of Transparent Watercolors held recently at
The Kankakee Historical Museum, Kankakee, IL
- American Society of Marine Painters -
2001 - 12th National Exhibition held at
The Cape Museum of Fine Art, Dennis, MA
- Exhibition Hall - Hangzhou, China (1984 and 1994)
- Transparent Watercolor Society of America - various states
- Western Federation of Societies - various states
- Watercolor West - CA (5 Annuals)
- Outstanding Women Marine Artists - Mystic Maritime Museum,
Mystic, Connecticut - 1995 thru 1996
- Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors - NY (6 Annuals)
ARTIST HAS WON OVER 80 NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
- Award of Merit, Midwest Watercolor Society - 2002
- Memorial Award, Missouri Watercolor Society - 2001
- Merchandise Award, Northwest Watercolor Society - 2000
ELECTED PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS - Signature Status (partial list)
- American Artists Professional League - Fellow
- Arizona Watercolor Association - Royal Scorpion Society
- Texas Watercolor Society - Purple Sage Society
- Academic Artists of America
- Georgia Watercolor Society
- American Society of Marine Painters
- Midwest Watercolor Society
- International Society of Marine Painters
- Watercolor West
- Western Federation of Societies
- Listed in Who's Who in American Art - current
- Listed in Who's Who of American Women - current
- Listed in Who's Who in the Midwest - current
- Listed in Who's Who in the World - current
- Listed in Who's Who in America - current
- Listed in International Who's Who - current
- President -International Society of Marine Painters
- President Emeritus -Midwest Watercolor Society
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