California artist Nancy Eckels completed a 20 painting, 2 month exhibition at Stanford Art Spaces on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California in late 2009. In addition, one of her paintings was recently featured on NBC’s LXTV Open House New York, where designer Courtney Cachet chose her work to help complete the makeover of a room in a New York home. In addition she was a finalist in “The Artist’s Magazine” National Competition 2010 and was awarded a mention in the December 2010 issue.
Nancy has been painting full time for twelve years since ending another creative career. As a child, she dabbled in art, but always wanted to experience show business. She happily worked in television for many years, and was a director on the CBS daytime drama, 'The Bold and the Beautiful' when she decided to move on to painting. Given her family background, it seemed like the most natural transition she could make. Her parents met in an oil painting class, and her sister, aunts and uncles are all artists.
'My paintings are improvisational. I just begin to paint, ponder, and paint again. I paint what I feel in my heart and imagination, not what I see in front of me, which translates not to a representation of something tangible, but to a painting full of emotion and thought.'
Nancy approaches her work with a determination that she will finish with something that pleases her eye, her emotions, and her sense of purpose. When painting, her focus is complete and exhaustive, excluding all outside influences, including the list of other tasks she meant to accomplish that day. Complete focus is depleting and exhilarating all at once, but results in a mental 'zone,' which produces her best creations.
Improvisation lends itself to experimentation and playfulness. Eckels is never tied down to traditional implements, but uses many unusual tools, including paper towels. Her process of adding and subtracting paint is key to the final creation, with layers of paint being removed, added, partially covered, scratched through, and scraped. She plays with color, texture, and composition, always changing, rearranging, and enjoying the results of her new discoveries in color combinations, color layering, and changing shapes and textures.
She considers herself self-taught, although she gained quite an education through 'osmosis' while hanging around talented family members. There was no formal art education, but she has learned much from workshops with several experimental abstract painters, including Katherine Chang Liu, Carole Barnes, and Pat Dews.
Nancy will be painting as long as she can hold a brush. It's a passion that will not be lost to retirement. She lives with her husband in Canyon Country, California
Finalist, The Artist Magazine Competition 2010
Featured painting, NBC’s LXTV New York Open House October 2009
Southwest Arts Festival 2008, Featured Artist
Santa Clarita Artists Assn. Art Classic 2006, 2007 –Second Place, Masters Category
First Place, Acrylic Painting, Rancho Mirage Art Affaire 2005
Gold Award, Acrylic, Santa Clarita Artists Assn. Art Classic 2005
Featured Artist for San Diego ArtWalk 2005
Santa Clarita Artists Assn. Art Classic 2004 ---Second Place Masters Award, Acrylic
Conejo Valley Art Museum 1000 Oaks Art Walk 2003---Second Place Acrylic/Oil
American Artist Magazine, Art Methods and Materials Juried Exhibition 2002
Sarah Jessica Fine Arts, Provincetown, MA
Artworks Austin, Austin TX
Pacific Coast Gallery, Depoe Bay, OR
Silvana Gallery, Glendale, CA
JURIED ART FESTIVALS/EXHIBITIONS
Stanford Art Spaces, 3 artist exhibition Stanford University July-September 2009
Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts 2010, 2011
La Quinta Arts Festival 2001- 2011 La Quinta, CA
Port Clinton Art Festival 2006,2007,2009,2010 Highland Park, IL
Bellevue Art Festival 2004-2011 Bellevue, WA
La Jolla Festival of the Arts 2004-2011 La Jolla, CA
Scottsdale Arts Festival 2009 Scottsdale, AZ
Rancho Mirage Art Affaire 2005-2010
Beverly Hills Art Affaire Fall 2009