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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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"Autumn Effervescence"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
"Late Sky"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 6,900
"Pinstripes and Red"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
"Energized"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
"Sun and Shadow 2"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
"Sun and Shadow 1"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
"Morning Seaside"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
"Pele's Touch"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
"Wispy Light"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 800
"Heat Wave"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 800
"Fuschia Heaven 1"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 390
"Distant Flames"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 390
"Red River"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
"Water Dance"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
"Fuschia Heaven 2"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 390
"Fun Town"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 800
"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
"Tropical Tapestry"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
"Spicy Hot"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
"Water Mysteries"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 800
"Noodles and Doodles"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
"Autumn Drift"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
"Wistful Thinking"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
"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
"Autumn Display..."
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,500
"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
"Monolith"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,200
"Earthy Texture"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,100
"What Lies Below"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,100
"Written In Stone"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
"Approach From The..."
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,200
"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
"Splash"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 990
"Aqua Skies"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 990
"Layered Stories"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
"Surprises"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
"brick and Mortar"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 990
"Urban Fog"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 850
"Progressions"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,500
"Sparks"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,500
"Melting Point"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,500
"Golden Connections"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 6,900
"33156 Excite"
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,200
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Stanford Art Spaces, Palo Alto, CA, Stanford University, 2009