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 […]