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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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Watery Edge
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,800
Weathered
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 6,500
Sundown Sea
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Asian Islands
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,300
The Reef
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Sunny Moments
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
Micromanaged
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Attempt To Contain
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 6,900
A Touch of Cool 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,900
Incremental
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,500
Golden Islands
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Passing Through
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 2,940
SOLD
Intrusion by Nancy Eckels (Acrylic Painting)
Intrusion
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
Sold Out
Organizing Chaos
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 500
$ 350
Autumn's Mix
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 2,940
Water's Edge 1
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
$ 630
Textures
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 300
$ 210
Sea Garden 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,200
$ 720
Moody
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 300
$ 210
Color and Light
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 300
$ 210
Sea Garden 1
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,200
$ 720
Fire in the Sky
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,200
Loose Ties
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Float
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,800
Ocean Swim
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,800
Shoreline
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
Hot Spot
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,900
It's A Red Day
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,900
$ 2,030
In Depth
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
$ 540
Every Color
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
$ 1,140
Passion's Flow
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,200
Peel and Splash
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Boil
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
Golden Twigs
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,700
$ 1,350
Restless 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 2,940
Rustic and Red
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,500
Distant Flames
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 390
$ 273
Capping It Off
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 2,450
Summer Heat 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,500
$ 750
What's Left Behind
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,100
Forming Attachments
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Pieces of Dreams
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Earthy Texture
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,100
Written In Stone
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Stanford Art Spaces, Palo Alto, CA, Stanford University, 2009