NANCY PLANK

Artist Biography

Nancy grew up in Indio, California surrounded by artists and creativity. She was fascinated by the work of her mother, grandfather, and uncle and was encouraged to explore her own passion for creating. Nancy became an English teacher and brought her love of art to the classroom; giving her students projects that included illustration. Again Nancy found art seeping into her life when she became the mother of two girls. Her daughters started drawing as soon as they could hold themselves up to the coffee table. As her daughters grew, Nancy began taking classes at the Athenaeum in La Jolla, which lead into numerous workshops in San Diego, Chicago, and New York.

Artist Statement

My work is realistic.  My philosophy is to paint what has "it" for me.  My eye locks into what I find beautiful, balanced and emotive in a floral, landscape or still life.  When I paint people, I settle into how I see them, who they are, and how they hold themselves, then something quietly takes over the canvas, paint, and myself, as I create who I see and make them who they are.  I quietly paint until the canvas tells me I'm done.  In a way, I feel like a split person; I consult with myself to gauge and enjoy the process.  It's wonderful to experience.  In creating my work, I hope to hold time, those thoughts, that person, or beautiful object in a space that stands alone.  When I am satisfied I did my best, I loved doing it, and the work is done, I am ready to seek this same experience over and over again.  It is what I am called to do, and I am incredibly happy to do it.  

Education

American Academy of Art
The Brooklyn Museum of Art
Brooklyn, New YorkNational Academy of Design School and Fine Arts
Athenaeum,La Jolla, California
Watt’s Atelier,Encinitas, California

Workshops

Carol Marine, San Luis Obispo, California
Qiang Huang, Sacramento, California
Weekend With the Masters, Laguna Nigel and Rancho Bernardo, California 
Jennifer McChristian, Ojai, California
2017 Plein Air Convention, San Diego, California