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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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When Passion Prevails
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,250
$ 4,462.50
Blue Smoke
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,800
$ 3,230
Swirling Tides Diptych
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,200
$ 6,120
Can't Fix Wild
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,990
$ 6,791.50
Heated Horizon
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
$ 4,080
Abundant Autumn
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,390
$ 5,431.50
Rocky Beach 3
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
$ 4,080
Moment of Warmth
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Winding Water
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,700
$ 2,295
Fissure
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
$ 3,060
A Few Red Fancy Rocks
Acrylic Painting

$ 11,850
$ 10,072.50
Cool Flow
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
$ 4,080
Warm Undercurrent
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,200
$ 4,420
Lake Effect
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,590
$ 5,601.50
Backlit
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
$ 3,060
Lacy Hues
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
$ 3,060
Mixin' With the Blues
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,600
$ 3,060
Rollin' In
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,590
$ 5,601.50
Ocean Highlights
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,700
$ 2,295
Water Sculpture
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
$ 4,080
Autumn Sky
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,600
$ 5,610
Lowland Lace
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
$ 4,080
The Flaming Heart
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,700
$ 2,295
Sea Splash
Acrylic Painting

$ 5,200
$ 4,420
Shining Through the Blues
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Friendly Frenzy
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
$ 4,080
Ocean Bits
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,600
$ 5,610
Sea Sparkle 2
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,900
$ 1,615
Transition To Winter
Acrylic Painting

$ 4,800
$ 4,080
Hidden Lagoon
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,800
$ 3,230
Ocean Envy
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,990
$ 6,791.50
Fan Dance
Acrylic Painting

$ 7,980
$ 6,783
Sizzle II
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,580
$ 5,593
Controlled Mischief
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,900
$ 5,865
Cooling Trend
Acrylic Painting

$ 8,150
$ 6,927.50
Peel and Splash
Acrylic Painting

$ 3,900
$ 3,315
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 2009