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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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Splash and Splatter
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,850
Fun and Games
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,200
When Passion Prevails
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,250
Swirling Tides Diptych
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,200
Can't Fix Wild
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,990
Heated Horizon
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
Abundant Autumn
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,390
Moment of Warmth
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,200
Rocky Beach 3
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
Winding Water
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,700
A Few Red Fancy Rocks
Acrylic Painting

$ 11,850
Fissure
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
Warm Undercurrent
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,200
Lake Effect
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,590
Tropical Bubbles 2
Acrylic Painting

$ 290
$ 232
Deep Current
Acrylic Painting

$ 290
$ 232
Watermarks
Acrylic Painting

$ 290
$ 232
Lights In the Dark
Acrylic Painting

$ 290
$ 232
Passing By
Acrylic Painting

$ 290
$ 232
Color Waves
Acrylic Painting

$ 290
$ 232
Neutral Musings
Acrylic Painting

$ 290
$ 232
A Colorful Crowd
Acrylic Painting

$ 290
$ 232
Orange Flow
Acrylic Painting

$ 230
$ 184
Lacy Hues
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
Backlit
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
Mixin' With the Blues
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
Rollin' In
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,590
Ocean Highlights
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,700
Water Sculpture
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
Lowland Lace
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
Autumn Sky
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,600
The Flaming Heart
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,700
Sea Splash
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,200
Friendly Frenzy
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
Ocean Bits
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,600
Sea Sparkle 2
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,900
Transition To Winter
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
Hidden Lagoon
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,800
Watery Windows
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,450
$ 2,670
Softer Thoughts
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,050
Water's Edge
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
Layered Gold
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,644
$ 4,650.80
So Much to Explain
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,700
$ 1,360
A Little Night Fog
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,275
$ 3,165
Landscape Prism
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,000
$ 4,200
Churning
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
$ 2,520
Rock Concert 2
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,850
$ 3,080
Ever Changing
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,700
$ 1,360
Under the Pier
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,700
$ 2,160
Ocean Envy
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,990
Fan Dance
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,980
Sizzle II
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,580
Liquid Reflections
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
$ 3,360
Controlled Mischief
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,900
Island Heat
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,200
$ 3,640
Exploring the Reef
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,400
$ 3,240
Crimson Wind
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,700
$ 1,890
Cooling Trend
Acrylic Painting

$ 8,150
In Depth
Acrylic Painting

$ 900
$ 540
Peel and Splash
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,900
Dancing Weeds Diptych
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,900
$ 950
Distant Flames
Acrylic Painting

$ 390
$ 273
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 2009