Nancy Lewis

Artist's Statement
 
Being outside in nature is good for the soul and being outside painting in nature is double good. Painting outside in nature is my inspiration. The sunlight in western United States, where I paint most often,  illuminates the  amazing landscape with brilliant colors, soft reflective light and rich deep shadows. In my artwork, you can see the immediacy of brush work and the energy needed to complete paintings in the changing light and challenging conditions of painting on location in plein air. I want to capture that exact moment before it lost forever.
 
When I return to my studio, I apply what I have learned painting outside to my studio paintings. Sometimes I create very large paintings, sometime small studies about color, textures, values and sometime I just experiment with different mediums such as oils, watercolor and pastels.
 
Working in different mediums let’s me explore new facets about pigment and art making. People often ask me what medium I prefer and jokingly I reply. “it depends on which personality wakes up that morning” Seriously, it depends on the results I which to accomplish. Watercolors are a fun fluid medium full of experimenting opportunities, pastels are fast and pure in its color and oil paints allows me to  mix exact colors and create textures like no other medium.   
 
I feel very blessed to have this gift in my life it is important to share it. I share it through teaching art classes and workshops, organizing weekly plein air events and lead community art projects.  I believe there is an artist in everyone, we just have to awaken the passion. “Art is good for the soul.”

Biography
 
Nancy Lewis is an artist who combines her love of the great outdoors, traveling and painting. Painting outside in the fresh air is her passion and inspirations for her landscape painting. With bold brushstrokes, dynamic values and a unique approach to color use, her art seems to invite the viewer into her art to stay awhile exploring the her mark making, play on lights and darks and expressive textures.  
 
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Nancy grew up in Barrington, RI where she learned to painting salt water marshes, nighttime shore line of the Narragansett Bay and quaint fishing harbors of the east coast. After graduating high school, Nancy attended Cleveland Institute of Art and finished the five year program with a Bachelors of Fine Art. The very next day after graduation, she headed to Colorado to find her fame and fortune. She still lives in Colorado and continues working on that fame and fortune idea.
 
Nancy Lewis actively paints outside and participates in many plein air events and art exhibits in local, regional and national shows. She has participated in Invitational plein air events such as Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument and the “Save the Bridge Plein Air” in Rockville Utah. In 2012 she was the first Artist-in-Residence program at the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument. In 2014, she lead workshops during Escalante, Utah and Driggs, Idaho Plein Air festival and participated as a judge for the Driggs Plein Air Event. She has taught at Colorado Mesa University, Arapahoe Community College and the Colorado Institute of Art. She currently teaches art and workshops in watercolors, oils and pastels to individuals and group classes.
 
Nancy is a signature member of the national Western Colorado Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of Colorado, Plein Air Artist Colorado, Brush and Palette Club, Palisade Art Lovers. She is the Western Slope Paint Out coordinator for Plein Air Artist Colorado. Her Oil, Pastel and Watercolor paintings can be seen and purchased at the Blue Pig Gallery, Palisade, Colorado, Artisans Gallery in Cedar City, Utah  and Silver Street Fine Art Gallery, Lake City Colorado, as well as online at NancyLewisArt.com

Recent shows, exhibits, and awards
 
2017
Red Rocks Art Festival, Moab - 1st Place in Dry Medium
Colorado National Monument  Plein Air Event - Honorable Mention
Escalante Canyons Art Festival - Honorable Mention
Rockville Bridge Safe the Bridge invitational Art Festival
Rockies West National Watercolor 2017 Juried Exhibit
Alpine Holiday show, Ouray – 3rd place, purchase award and merchant award
 
2016
Cedar Breaks Arts Afire Invitational
Meek Plein Air – 3rd Place
Moab Art Gallery - Featured Artist
Moab Plein air festival– Honorable Mention
Plein Air Artist Colorado 2017 Juried Show
Colorado Pastel Society – Mile High Juried show

2015
Winner of the 2015 Colorado Winefest Poster competition
Zion Plein Air Invitational 
Brush and Palette – 2nd Place Award
Colorado Pastel Society – Honorable Mention 
International Pastel Associate Society Juried Exhibit.

2014
Fruit Civic Center – one person show
Rockies West National Watercolor– Achieved Signature Membership
Escalante Canyon Art Festival – Pastel Merit award
Moab Plein Air Quick Draw award – 3rd place

2013
Moab Plein Air – Outstanding Pastel Award
Escalante Canyon Art Festival – Pastel Merit Award
Palisade Art Lovers Peach Blossom Art Show – Honorable Mention
Western Colorado Art Center – 3rd place in the Professional Level
Carbondale Plein Air Festival - Artist choice Award.
Palisade Art lovers – Fruit and wine award -1st Place

2012
Moab Plein Air – Honorable Mention award
Grand Staircase Escalante/Escalante Canyon Art Festival – Artist-In-Residence
Inspired To Heal – Purchase Award – Valley View Hospital
Palisade Art Lovers Peach Blossom Art Show – 1st Place.

2011
Western Colorado Watercolor Society – National Juried Show
Moab Plein Air – Outstanding Award in Pastel

2010
48th Fall Art Festival - Glenwood Springs Art Guild– Ribbon - 1st Place
Moab Plein Air Festival – Special Award in Pastel

2006-2009 
Self supported 14,000 mile bicycle trip through 14 countries in the Americas. Painted her experiences with a traveling watercolor kit.

1984-2006 Self Employed with Energy Resource Graphics doing Computer Aided Design and Drafter for Engineering, Architecture, Construction, Transportation and Energy Explorations projects.