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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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Convergence
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
$ 2,805
Kinetic
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
$ 2,805
Anomaly
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
$ 765
Smokey Glow
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
$ 765
Dancing Weeds Diptych
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
$ 1,615
Aquifer 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,100
$ 935
Earth Elements
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 4,165
Flight
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
$ 3,315
Golden Twigs
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,700
$ 2,295
Vistas
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,900
$ 5,015
Confetti
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 4,165
Restless 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 4,165
Earth and Ice
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
$ 3,315
Sun and Sky
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,200
$ 2,720
Sizzle and Steam
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,900
$ 5,015
Grasslands 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,900
$ 5,015
Flaming Red
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,700
$ 2,295
Ribbons 1
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
$ 297.50
Ribbons 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
$ 297.50
Delicate Doodles 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
$ 297.50
Delicate Doodles 1
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
$ 297.50
Not Without Change
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 700
$ 595
Networks
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 4,165
Autumn Effervescence
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
$ 2,805
Energized
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
$ 3,315
Morning Seaside
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
$ 1,615
Heat Wave
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 800
$ 680
Distant Flames
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 390
$ 331.50
Water Dance
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
$ 212.50
Red River
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
$ 212.50
Sun Scatter
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
$ 212.50
Capping It Off
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 4,165
What's Left Behind
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,100
$ 2,635
Forming Attachments
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 4,165
Fire and Sage
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 8,300
$ 7,055
Sea Silt
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,200
$ 4,420
Pieces of Dreams
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 4,165
Earthy Texture
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,100
$ 2,635
Written In Stone
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 4,165
Follow the Light
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,600
$ 3,060
Melting Point
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Golden Connections
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 6,900
$ 5,865
"33212...
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,100
$ 3,485
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Stanford Art Spaces, Palo Alto, CA, Stanford University, 2009