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"I am drawn to the spirits of the forest. I find the inspiration for my paintings in the trees, marshes and woodlands and take pleasure in the atmospheric conditions that allow nature to show us her infinite variety.
I paint primarily in oil and acrylic, and each painting has multiple layers. The negative space and shapes surrounding an object (such as a tree branch) will receive as much attention as the object itself. How the edges of the paint interact is of great importance to the language of my work. In my abstracts, the light passing through the flowing layers accurately defines the spaces."
Marty Fugate, Art Critic for The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reviewed her exhibition “FLOW” and wrote: “Nancy Betty’s paintings burst out at you with high relief. She is interested in the texture of living things. Her most recent art offers up close and personal glimpse. …….She plays with positive and negative spaces: the gaps of sky inside intertwining branches of a tree. Her focus is closer – cropping the context of the tree out of the scene. The result approaches abstraction. A celebration of form for form’s sake.”
Born in Asheville N.C., Nancy and her family have lived in Florida (with a detour to the Bahamas) since 1986. She paints full time in her studio in the Rosemary District in Sarasota, but can also be found painting around the Myakka River, in the low country of South Carolina, or up in the mountains of North Carolina. Her works are in private collections throughout the United Sates and in the U.K.
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