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 Opioid Crisis: Painting a Problem with the Wrong Name

The Opioid Crisis: Painting a Problem with the Wrong Name

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | One Comment

Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, killing more people than the AIDS epidemic at its peak. It is a problem, but the name distracts us from the causes. Addicts are ignored when we focus on the drugs. We forget there are multiple steps that lead people to make […]

Through the Looking Glass of Female Hysteria

Through the Looking Glass of Female Hysteria

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Essays | No Comments

“A long time ago I would have been locked up like that too.” “Why?” “You know how I get angry and sad?” “Oh,“ and he nodded his head in agreement. At twelve, pivotal scenes in an action-packed, thriller-fairy tales are not the moments you expect confessions from your mother. I blurted it out as Dr. […]

May I Paint Your Picture?

May I Paint Your Picture?

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Behind the Artwork, How To's | No Comments

I wanted to ask the woman waiting on the bench outside our restaurant. “You’re so beautiful. Can I take a photo? I’m a painter.” It worked in Italy, but that woman was Swiss, and “of a certain age.” Past the point of caring what she looked like in the hot sun, holding her watering can in her […]