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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Ocean Bits
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,600
Sea Sparkle 2
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,900
Sea Sparkle 1
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,900
Transition To Winter
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
Beach Day
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
Hidden Lagoon
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,800
Current 1
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,800
With Help from Gravity
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,800
Current 2
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,800
Watery Windows
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,450
Sunset Sea Dance
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,980
On My Own
Acrylic Painting

$ 240
Overcoming
Acrylic Painting

$ 450
Golden Thoughts
Acrylic Painting

$ 240
Water's Edge
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,500
Pure Emotion
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
Lost Horizon
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,880
So Much to Explain
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,700
A Little Night Fog
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,275
Landscape Prism
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,000
Night and Day
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,480
Settling Sea
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,700
Churning
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
Textured Sky
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,200
Rock Concert 2
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,845
Hidden Pond
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
Under the Pier
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,700
Ocean Envy
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,990
Sizzle II
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,580
Fan Dance
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,980
Controlled Mischief
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,900
Island Heat
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,200
Crimson Wind
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,700
Cooling Trend
Acrylic Painting

$ 8,150
Peel and Splash
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,900
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Stanford Art Spaces, Palo Alto, CA, Stanford University, 2009