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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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Ocean Lace
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,200
$ 4,420
The Flaming Heart
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,700
$ 2,295
Sea Splash
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,200
$ 4,420
Tide Pools
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
$ 3,060
Friendly Frenzy
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
$ 4,080
Shining Through the Blues
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Ocean Bits
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,600
$ 5,610
Sea Sparkle 1
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,900
$ 1,615
Sea Sparkle 2
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,900
$ 1,615
Hidden Lagoon
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,800
$ 3,230
Beach Day
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
$ 4,080
Transition To Winter
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
$ 4,080
With Help from Gravity
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,800
$ 3,230
Current 2
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,800
$ 3,230
Current 1
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,800
$ 3,230
Sunset Sea Dance
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,980
$ 6,783
Overcoming
Acrylic Painting

$ 450
$ 382.50
Golden Thoughts
Acrylic Painting

$ 240
$ 204
On My Own
Acrylic Painting

$ 240
$ 204
Pure Emotion
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
$ 3,060
So Much to Explain
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,700
$ 1,445
Lost Horizon
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,880
$ 4,148
A Little Night Fog
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,275
$ 4,483.75
Landscape Prism
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,000
$ 5,100
Settling Sea
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,700
$ 1,445
Rock Concert 2
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,845
$ 3,268.25
Hidden Pond
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
$ 3,060
Ocean Envy
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,990
$ 6,791.50
Sizzle II
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,580
$ 5,593
Fan Dance
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,980
$ 6,783
Controlled Mischief
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,900
$ 5,865
Cooling Trend
Acrylic Painting

$ 8,150
$ 6,927.50
Peel and Splash
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,900
$ 3,315
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Stanford Art Spaces, Palo Alto, CA, Stanford University, 2009