A Passion for Harmony is My Compass

About Nancy… About Nancy…

I am an artist, cook and mother who lives on an animal farm in Berryville, VA. I make delicious food from produce grown on local farms, as well as Smith Meadows meats and eggs. I am happy at work with other people dedicated to sustainably produced food. I am happiest, however, when I am painting. Art is an eloquent […]

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The Psychology of No!

The Psychology of No!

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Art History, Behind the Artwork, Essays | No Comments

It’s been almost 130 days. Waves of horse shit fly from every imaginable source. We’re all covered in it. Fake news? How do you discern it? Try using common sense. This is not a witch hunt folks. It’s a sink hole that will, with cosmic providence, swallow every last person with stained fingers and pitcher’s elbow. If […]

Women Who Work?

Women Who Work?

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Art History, Behind the Artwork, Essays | No Comments

While working on my most recent painting, the news has been appropriately filled with updates on the subject. We finally have a woman in the White House. Ivanka Trump has an office and access to classified information, though she is not technically serving as a government employee. She will be offering her father, Donald Trump, an independent perspective to […]

Las Meninas 2.0

Las Meninas 2.0

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Art History, Behind the Artwork, Essays | No Comments

My most recent painting pays homage to one of the greatest portraits in history. Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez painted Las Meninas in 1656 for King Philip IV of Spain and his second wife Maria Anna of Austria. It has been described in many ways, including History’s First Photo-Bomb and the Canonical Masterpiece of Western Painting. It is […]