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 […]

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 […]