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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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 […]

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 […]