Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith Artist Statement

Draw­ing and cre­at­ing dif­fer­ent tex­tures is my favorite approach to cre­at­ing art.  As a teen, I loved noth­ing more than going to a cloth store to study all the pat­terns, col­ors and tex­tures and then fig­ur­ing out how to com­bine them. Work­ing with water­me­dia and col­lage reminds me of that experience.

When peo­ple observe my paint­ings they often dis­cov­er ele­ments they over­looked at first glance. I want my paint­ings to remind them that beau­ty exists not only on the sur­face but also in the deep dark places of oneself.

Work­ing as an artist is very sim­i­lar to my work as a psy­chother­a­pist. Doing each requires that I fol­low what’s hap­pen­ing in the present moment. I may have an idea about how to inter­vene but often a client or a paint­ing will end up in a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent place than I had antic­i­pat­ed. It’s always a bet­ter place than I had imagined.

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• Durham Art Guild 66th Annu­al Juried Show- Sun­Trust Art Gallery, Durham, NC 2020
• Women Speak -Orange Coun­ty Arts Com­mis­sion- Grant Award- 2018
• Durham Art Guild Mem­bers Show- Sun­Trust Gallery- Durham, NC   Mer­it Award 2018
• Res­o­lu­tions - Hills­bor­ough Gallery of Art- Hills­bor­ough, NC 2018
• Win­ners Cir­cle- 311 Gallery — Raleigh, NC 2017
• Res­o­lu­tions- Hills­bor­ough Gallery of Art — Hills­bor­ough, NC 2016
• Eggis­ten­tial­ism- 311 Gallery- Raleigh, NC, 1st Place Award 2016

Author of Women Speak: Poet­ry, Por­traits and Prose of the Fem­i­nine Experience


Orange Coun­ty Artists Guild since 2012