Nancy Eckels was born in Kingston, New York, but moved to Utah at age 7 when her father was transferred for his work. With her family, she spent her summers exploring many of the national parks, and natural wonders of the west where her father loved to fish and photograph. He instilled in her a love and appreciation for the beauty and colors of nature, while her mother taught her many of the lessons of art.
Nancy became a full time artist after ending another creative career. As a child, she dabbled in art, but always wanted to experience show business. She moved to California to attend college, and happily worked in television for many years. She was a director on the CBS daytime drama, "The Bold and the Beautiful" when she decided to move on to full time painting. Given her family background, which is full of artists, it seemed like the most natural transition she could make. Her parents met in an oil painting class, and her sister, and many of her aunts and uncles are artists.
Nancy considers herself self-taught, although she gained quite an education through "osmosis" while being 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 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, 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. 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.
During the past 13 years her worked has been placed in homes and businesses across the country. She has participated for multiple years in several of the top juried art shows in the U.S. including the La Quinta Arts Festival in the California desert, and the annual show at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in Arizona.
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
Awards and Highlights:
Mayor’s Choice Award, Rancho Mirage Art Affaire 2012
Finalist, The Artist Magazine Competition 2010 [removed]
Three artist show, Stanford University, September, 2009
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