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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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Flaming Red
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,700
Ribbons 1
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
Grasslands
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,200
Ribbons 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
Wind and Water
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,200
Red Riches 1
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
Red Riches 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
Delicate Doodles 1
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
Delicate Doodles 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
Mercurial
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,700
Networks
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Not Without Change
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 700
Autumn Effervescence
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
Sun and Shadow 1
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Sun and Shadow 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Energized
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Pinstripes and Red
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Late Sky
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 6,900
Morning Seaside
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Pele's Touch
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Heat Wave
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 800
Water Dance
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
Red River
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
Distant Flames
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 390
Perpetual Motion
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
Sunny Pathways
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
Having A Giggle
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 800
Evening Skyline
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 800
Sun Scatter
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
Water Mysteries
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 800
Spicy Hot
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
Tropical Tapestry
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Noodles and Doodles
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Wistful Thinking
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
Autumn Drift
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Fissures
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
Bits of Fire
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,500
What's Left Behind
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,100
Gold and Highlights
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,800
Forming Attachments
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Fire and Sage
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 8,300
Sea Silt
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,200
Small Disturbance
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,100
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
Off Center
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,500
Hills and Valleys
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,400
Follow the Light
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,600
Layered Stories
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
brick and Mortar
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 990
Surprises
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
Aqua Skies
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 990
Splash
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 990
Urban Fog
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
Sparks
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,500
Progressions
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,500
Melting Point
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,500
Golden Connections
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 6,900
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Stanford Art Spaces, Palo Alto, CA, Stanford University, 2009