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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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Wishful Thoughts
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Loose Ties
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Burst
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Smiles and Tears
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,500
Autumn Flurry
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Squiggle
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Oasis
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
Cooling Trend
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 5,900
Smolder
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 2,700
Float
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,800
Spring Breeze
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,400
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
Color Tracks
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Every Color
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
SOLD
Distant Light by Nancy Eckels (Acrylic Painting)
Distant Light
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
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Sunny Color
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,900
Stream
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 250
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
Boil
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 900
Indirect 1 and 2
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 1,100
Kinetic
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,300
Flight
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,900
Rustic and Red
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,500
Sun and Sky
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 3,200
Networks
Acrylic Painting
by Nancy Eckels
$ 4,900
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
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