In painting, Nancy uses watercolor or acrylic paint, illustration board, canvas and Yupo paper, which she loves due to "its ultra-smooth texture that is so extremely forgiving that it is almost sinful to use." The most important aspects of her composition which she allows to flow into her artwork are love, humor, joy, mystery and a celebration of the joys and abundance of life.
Nancy constantly searches for new materials and ways of expression. She tries to maintain some degree of spontaneity and painterly quality in her finished paintings. In her painting process she almost never premixes paints on the palette, preferring pure color right out of the tube to make the painting fresh and vibrant. She admires paintings that aren't "perfect." Her most successful paintings are what she calls "one shot" paintings - paintings that are spontaneous, joyful and whimsical, a lighthearted effect that evolves effortlessly, with a spirit of playfulness. Most of the time she draws with her paintbrush, creating a work that is loose and flows easier, a moment of happy inspiration.
Nancy has studied with nationally and internationally known artists: Ted Minchin, Tom Francesconi, John Salminen, Frank Francese, Don Andrews, Richard Ochs, Jane Shoenfeld, Andrew Kusmin and Peter Spataro. Well-known local artists she has studied with include Carole Berren, Robin Wiseman, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, Richard Harrington, Won Ok Park and Richard Marthers (RISD). Among her sources of inspiration are Raoul Dufy, Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Pierre Bonnard, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Amedeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso.
In addition to winning numerous awards in Members and Open Juried shows around Rhode Island, Nancy has received the Grumbacher Award and three Winsor and Newton Awards. She is a member of the Newport Art Museum, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, the Wickford Art Association and the South County Art Association. Currently, she paints with the members of Natalie Pfanstiehl's Plein Aire Painters of Narragansett Bay.
"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules,
making mistakes, and having fun." - Mary Lou Cook
Nancy C. Paull