Nancy's art

Welcome to Nancy's art

Nancy’s life-long connection with nature’s beauty is evidenced by the colors, textures, and composition she brings to her work.

“I believe art stimulates curiosity and thought and allows us to connect, consciously or subconsciously, with our emotions and memories.” Nancy explains.
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Contact Nancy Lewis

You can contact Nancy Lewis or inquire about her art by emailing nancy (at)

Exciting thing for 2018

In the June of 2018 I will be joining a new gallery in Lake City, Colorado called Silver Street Fine Art. I will be painting there for one week from July 11-14. I plan on painting in plein air in the morning and at the gallery in the afternoon. Please come join me for morning painting or see me in the afternoon at the gallery.

Visit Silver Street Fine Art website to see my art, as well as 10 other great artists.




Learn the Art of Painting with Oil or Acrylic

With Instructor Nancy Lewis


THURSDAY, May 3, 10, 17, 24

Time: 6:30pm to 9:00p


Cost: $150

Location: Upstairs of the Blue Pig Gallery

119 East 3rd Street, Palisade, Colorado

Call the Blue Pig Gallery to register: (970) 464-4819

Minimum 5 students - Max 12 students


Master painting skills with artist/instructor Nancy Lewis as she guides you through exploring painting with oils or acrylics.  Every class will begin with a new concept. Learn about applying thick and thin paint with a brush and a palette knife. Explore how a limited palette can help define shapes by simplifying values as you use light and dark to develop dimensional forms. Explore tints, tones and shades, and learn how to create endless colors with a limited color palette. Then, incorporate color to create excitement to bring your painting to life. Use glazing to adjust and refine your work, and discover easy-to-use tips for adding eye-catching contrast. By the end of this class you will have developed a new set of skill to masterfully create paintings by awaken the artist within.


Learn how to Paint like a Master with Pastel - Workshop

Instructor: Nancy Lewis

Time:  9:30am – 4:00pm Friday and Saturday

May 18th and 19th, 2018

Price: $150


Supply list available


Master pastel painting skills with artist/instructor Nancy Lewis as she guides you through the art of pastel painting. In this class you will study the old and new masters who use pastels to create masterpieces. Every class will begin with a new concept and approach to painting with purity of pastel. Learn about different types of surfaces, experiment with under-paintings, feel the difference between hard and soft pastels, and see how layering can create brilliant colors. Explore hands-on how a limited palette can help define shapes by simplifying values as you use light and dark to develop dimensional forms. Then, incorporate rich color to bring excitement and life to your painting. At the end of this class you will have learned how exciting pastel are to paint with. You will have developed the skills to create your own masterpiece.

Minimum of 5 students and a Maximum of 12 students.  Pre-register and payment required.



Instructor Bio:

Nancy Lewis, a regional artist has been an instructor at Colorado Mesa University, Colorado Institute of Art, Arapahoe Community College, and the Professional Training. Nancy has been teaching people new graphic skills for over 25 years.  She shares her artistic insights to using color, visual elements of art, and design concepts through exploration and experimentation.  Trying new things and stretching your limits. Try it you will like it



Now is the time to light your artistic passion on fire!


Call the Blue Pig Gallery to register 970-464-4819 

For more information about the class call Nancy Lewis 970-462-7370 or email her at  







First colors of Spring

I could not believe it. The first colors of green have appeared in the peach orchard. Small tuffs of newly awoken grass' have broken and delicate blossoms are coming alive

Throughout the day I watch the lone orchard worker make his way up and down the rows of trees slowly and carefully trimming individually selected branches. Unlike how I prune a tree which is a mass slaughter, he elements the non fruit baring twigs and leaves the rest. This whole week, I have been able to spot where he is in the orchard by locating the big blue tractor pulling the white flat bed trailer. Sometimes dust scatters behind him as he makes his way down the dirt lined row, creating a more defining marker.

It is still too cold to go out and paint much. Luckily I find the views out my studio window sufficient another panel or two.

I can tell you, I am yearning for spring. I am most looking forward to painting the virgin colors of spring. I am also looking forward to playing in the garden, riding my bike and being out in the Colorado spring sun.

Painting in the studio and exploring new painting techniques.

I have been painting in oils on panels and canvas and in watercolors on paper. Because of the cold, I have been in the studio painting mostly the views from my studio in Palisade, Colorado. My studio looks over a peach orchard with the Bookcliffs mesa and the Colorado River and in the far distance the Colorado National Monument. All day the colors change, as the snow comes and goes and the sun changes the mode of this winter landscape.

As part of painting endeavors, I have been taking workshops with local artist at the Blue Pig in Palisade, Colorado. The program is called "Make Art". It is one of the best concepts I have ever had the pleasure to experience. To be able to spend the day painting with other professional artists for just a few dollars is an incredible return on the investment. There is usually one or two other artist during the make art class. The artist share their techniques, methods, and philosophy while painting.
I am also attending a day long work shop with Daniel Young, a well established oil painter and instructor.

I will be giving a presentation on blogging and website design on March 10th. At this time it will be at the Alphine Bank in downtown Grand Junction, Colorado. Please contact me for more information.
I have uploaded new images of new paintings and would love to hear from you what you like or what you think. Drop me a note.

Thank you for stopping by
Nancy Lewis.

Painting Plein Air

I love painting outside because the colors are so fresh and the light inspires me. Here are a few photos of me painting outside.

Nancy Lewis painting at the Colorado monument
Nancy painting at the Kiva Koffee in Escalante, Utah


I am currently in Paris and this is my thoughts

Blue-footed booby

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The blue-footed boobies of the Galapagos islands are cool.

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 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

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.

Thank You for your interest
Nancy Lewis

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