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Nancy Eckels

"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 Eckels 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.

Her parents met in an oil painting class. Her aunts and uncles were painters and sculptors. Her sister is also an artist. 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.

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Golden Pools
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,590
Churning Seas Diptych
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,200
Pele Chills
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
Ocean Reflections
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,000
View From Above
Acrylic Painting

$ 8,000
Seaside Sunset
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
Liquid BlueGreen
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,800
Rocky Beach 5
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
Seaside Splash
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,560
Ode To Purple 2
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,700
Texture Love
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,450
Geometry in Motion
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,200
Imagine Cool Triptych
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,900
Splash and Splatter
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,850
Fun and Games
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,200
When Passion Prevails
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,250
Can't Fix Wild
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,990
Heated Horizon
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
Abundant Autumn
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,390
Moment of Warmth
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,200
A Few Red Fancy Rocks
Acrylic Painting

$ 11,850
Fissure
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
Warm Undercurrent
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,200
Autumn Sky
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,600
The Flaming Heart
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,700
Sea Splash
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,200
Friendly Frenzy
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
Hidden Lagoon
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,800
Ocean Envy
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,990
Fan Dance
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,980
Cooling Trend
Acrylic Painting

$ 8,150
Peel and Splash
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,900
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 2009