Icons: Intimacy & Ecstasy

Icons: Intimacy & Ecstasy

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Art History, Essays | No Comments

Catholic girls had a reputation I didn’t know much about until I graduated from an all girl, Episcopalian high school in Virginia. It was much more than the short plaid skirts and saddle shoes. The boys at our brother Episcopalian school used this cliché quite a bit. I didn’t hear heavier terms like Madonna Whore […]

Journey as Identity

Journey as Identity

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Art History, Behind the Artwork | No Comments

“Wouldn’t it be better without Bunny? I like the trees, the animals and the atmosphere.” This was the first critical response to Climbing. Artists must learn that nothing is precious. It can all be scraped back to a blank canvas to start again. When you spend hours learning how to look and reflect on that looking, […]

“Don’t Slip!” and other advice…

“Don’t Slip!” and other advice…

Posted by on Mar 6, 2016 in Behind the Artwork | No Comments

I spend a lot of time in my imagination while working my day job. I have all manner of fantasies. It’s not that reality is dissatisfying, it’s just that I prefer to see it as a psychoactive door to a much more interesting place. And this is why I paint a rabbit doing human things as her […]

Marketing… do’s and don’ts?

Marketing… do’s and don’ts?

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Behind the Artwork, How To's | No Comments

My most recent completed series of paintings debuted for Farm Day last year on October 25, 2015. Since then, I’ve submitted those paintings to a variety of online magazines and other venues to have them displayed. I’ve also posted them on ETSY  The result: Learning to Fly and Making Concoctions sold, and Don’t Slip has been accepted for exhibition […]

Bunny Can’t seem to Eat Canaries

Bunny Can’t seem to Eat Canaries

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Behind the Artwork | No Comments

Nothing is precious. I don’t remember a mentor saying those exact words, but the idea is obvious, if a little fatalistic. A wasted hour on social media will prove this. Many people make paintings. We spend hours pursuing this passion. We are lucky if anyone removed by more than 6 degrees will stop to notice for more than 2 […]

How I made my new artist website

How I made my new artist website

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in How To's | No Comments

Artists evolve and adapt. Websites need to change with them. My old site lacapretta.com no longer fits me. Rather than a studio based site intended for collaboration with other artists, I want one that presents a solo artist in a more stunning way. This is how I made the transition to nancypolo.com 1. Pick a Web Domain, Register […]

Bunny’s World

Bunny’s World

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Behind the Artwork, Essays | No Comments

“Are they happy in their cages?” The county fair is an unlikely place to consider existential crises, but I had to ask. “Of course. I mean, I do take them out and love them. I sit on the the porch swing and we rock away.” Did she cuddle all 30 of her breeding rabbits? That […]

Artist in Residence at Smith Meadows…

Artist in Residence at Smith Meadows…

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Home Page | No Comments

I am a painter, 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 appeal […]