About the artist: Nancy Lewis

Nancy  Lewis painting in Zion

Nancy Lewis was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1955. In the early 1970s, Nancy studied under Eugene Tonoff. During this period, Ms. Lewis was inspired by Mr. Tonoff’s vision and philosophy and began her pursuit of a fine arts degree. Nancy studied at University of Rhode Island, Philadelphia College of Art, and in 1981 she obtained a B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art.

In 2006, Nancy’s love for adventure and her life-long appreciation for nature’s immense beauty culminated in what would become an epic and life-changing journey. Accompanied by her husband, Nancy set out from Inuvik, Canada on a bicycle tour that would eventually lead her 14,000 miles south to the port city of Puerto Montt, Chile. Over the course of the three year journey, Nancy used paint, pen, pencil, and camera to capture the complexity and beauty of the ever-changing landscapes, seasons and cultures. Her subjects ranged from the stark, desolate beauty of high Andes volcanic mountains to the colorful Central America markets. Samples of her work from this period can be seen at www.nancylewisart.com. Throughout the trip, Nancy and her husband maintained a blog that captured both magic and tribulations that the 3-year, cross-continent bicycle trip offered. Their blog can be found at www.hobobiker.com.

In 2007, Nancy co-authored and published a book titled "The Women of Friendship Bridge in Guatemala. The book includes Nancy’s photographs and stories, and documents her work as a volunteer with Kiva, a non-profit organization that provides micro-loans to woman in the underdeveloped country of Guatamala. The book beautifully captures the poignant and proud struggle of women building or expanding small businesses they hope will lift them from poverty and allow them to provide for their families.
For the last 25 years, Nancy has enjoyed significant success as a graphic artist, having worked as a painter, Web designer, and computer-aided designer and drafter (CADD) on large-scale civil design projects. Throughout her career, Nancy has also worked as an educator, teaching CADD, 3D modeling, digital illustration, and photo manipulation. She’s taught at Fairmont Art Center, the Professional Training Center, Arapahoe Community College, and Colorado Institute of Art.

Nancy’s life-long connection with nature’s beauty and awe is evidenced by the colors, textures, and composition she brings to her work. “I believe an important piece of art stimulates curiosity and thought and allows us to connect, consciously or subconsciously, with our emotions and memories,” Nancy explains.

Nancy’s talent was first recognized when she was ten years of age and she received an award for her painting of Mr. Lee's rose garden. Her work can be found in private collections in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Argentina. Nancy’s work has been shown at juried shows held at the Museum of Institute of Art and at the Byers-Evans Museum’s High Plein Air art festival in Denver. Sadly, the location of her earliest work (the aforementioned Mr. Lee’s Rose Garden) is unknown at this time.

Nancy currently resides in Palisade, Colorado, where the magnificent high-desert vistas, colorful vineyards, and the Western Grrand Valley provide her ample opportunity to indulge in her love of Plein Air painting. Nancy can often be found painting in the shadow of the Colorado Monument, along the shores of the Colorado river, in the vineyards of Palisade, or on the sidewalks overlooking the hustle and bustle of Grand Valley’s farmers markets.

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