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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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Tangled Texture
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Autumn Drift Revisited
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Sizzle and Steam
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,900
Caliente
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
Sold Out
Emerge
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Grasslands 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,900
Desert Sage
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Flaming Red
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,700
Ribbons 1
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
Ribbons 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
Wind and Water
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,200
Mercurial
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,700
Delicate Doodles 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
Delicate Doodles 1
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
Not Without Change
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 700
Networks
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Autumn Effervescence
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
Sun and Shadow 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Sun and Shadow 1
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Late Sky
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 6,900
Energized
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Urban Intensity
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 9,900
$ 6,930
Climbing
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,900
$ 4,130
Urban Nights
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
$ 2,340
Morning Seaside
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Pele's Touch
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 3,430
Heat Wave
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 800
Water Dance
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
Distant Flames
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 390
Red River
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
Perpetual Motion
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
$ 200
Sunny Pathways
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
$ 200
Having A Giggle
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 800
Evening Skyline
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 800
$ 560
Sun Scatter
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
Water Mysteries
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 800
$ 640
Nightscape
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,700
$ 1,890
Spicy Hot
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
Sold Out
Tropical Tapestry
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Noodles and Doodles
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
$ 1,520
Capping It Off
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Summer Heat 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,500
$ 750
Bits of Fire
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,500
What's Left Behind
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,100
Forming Attachments
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Gold and Highlights
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,800
$ 2,660
Fire and Sage
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 8,300
Sea Silt
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,200
Pieces of Dreams
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Written In Stone
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
What Lies Below
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,100
Earthy Texture
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,100
Approach From The Right
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,200
$ 1,540
Off Center
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Hills and Valleys
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,400
$ 1,120
Follow the Light
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,600
Urban Texture
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
$ 595
Frozen Earth
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
$ 595
Carnival
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
$ 595
Rough
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 990
$ 693
Steps and Stripes
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
$ 595
Wisps
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
$ 595
Aqua Skies
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 990
The Deep
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 990
$ 495
Layered Stories
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
Splash
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 990
$ 693
Urban Fog
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
brick and Mortar
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
Sold Out
Surprises
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
View Through Autumn Leaves
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,200
$ 3,640
Melting Point
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,500
Time Capsule
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,500
$ 900
Urban Intensity
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 9,900
$ 6,930
Golden Connections
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 6,900
22335 Round and Round
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,500
$ 1,250
33200 Illumination
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,900
$ 1,450
Different Views
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 995
$ 597
Barely Restrained
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,600
$ 1,820
"33212...
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,100
33196 Mechanical Madness 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,400
$ 700
Secret Places 3
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,800
$ 1,400
33195 Mechanical Madness
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,400
$ 700
33188 Treeline 3
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,100
$ 3,570
33151 Autumn Dusk
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,200
$ 2,100
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Stanford Art Spaces, Palo Alto, CA, Stanford University, 2009