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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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Shoreline
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
Hot Spot
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,900
Dissolve 4
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
$ 950
Off Center
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
$ 540
It's A Red Day
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,900
$ 2,030
In Depth
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
$ 540
Seaside Treasure
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
$ 1,140
Color Tracks
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Every Color
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Organic Ground
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Desert Textures
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
Distant Light
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,100
Sunny Water
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Sunny Color
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Warm Day, Cool Breeze
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,700
$ 1,890
Warming Glow
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Stream
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
Autumn Flare
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,600
Erupt
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,700
Indirect Light
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Passion's Flow
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,200
Autumn Texture
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,300
A Touch of Cool
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,900
Peel and Splash
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Juggle 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Boil
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
Indirect 1 and 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,100
Vivid Moments
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,800
$ 1,260
Virga
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
$ 2,310
Convergence
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
$ 1,980
Kinetic
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
Dancing Weeds Diptych
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
$ 1,140
Aquifer 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,100
Flight
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Golden Twigs
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,700
$ 1,620
Restless 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 3,920
Earth Elements
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
$ 2,450
SOLD
Confetti by Nancy Eckels (Acrylic Painting)
Confetti
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
Sold Out
Rustic and Red
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,500
Sun and Sky
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,200
Emerge
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
$ 2,730
Ribbons 1
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
$ 245
Ribbons 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 350
$ 245
Networks
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Morning Seaside
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
$ 1,140
Distant Flames
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 390
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
Written In Stone
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Earthy Texture
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,100
What Lies Below
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,100
$ 2,460
Watercourse
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,100
$ 2,460
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Stanford Art Spaces, Palo Alto, CA, Stanford University, 2009