Painter and Potter
New Jersey Born In Artistic Family
Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Nancy Sue’s childhood revolved around a musical and artistic maternal grandfather and an artistic mother both of whom were self taught. Nancy Sue’s formal training took place in the scenic Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York at Keuka College, Keuka Park, New York. She attained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Art and Mathematics in 1969. While at Keuka College, she was privileged to study art history and painting with Joseph Kagle, Jr. a world-renowned artist who forged her love of abstract realism. Also, during the same time she studied pottery with world-renowned potter Louis Marak whose training gave her the necessary techniques to manipulate clay to create movement in her hand built creations. Both of these individuals have had a lasting impact on her creative pursuits. During her time at Keuka College, she was inducted into Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity. She exhibited her artwork in the upstate area of New York at Esperanza the Landmark Gallery on Keuka Lake and the Eastman Kodak Museum in Rochester, NY.
Life after college
Upon graduation from Keuka College, Nancy Sue accepted employment with Bell Laboratories in New Jersey in data processing. Over the years while living in Fairview, Texas she used her artistic talent for various projects mostly illustrating for candidate election flyers and non-profit organizations promotional materials as well as designing logos and emblems for numerous organization’s marketing schemes. In addition, she taught students for cultural arts programs how to design and create Indian sand paintings.
Old Lyme, CT
Until moving to Old Lyme, Connecticut from Texas in 2005, Nancy Sue’s mediums of choice for her artistic compositions were acrylic and pen and ink. Her life long fascination with the pastel medium, one in which she never worked, led her to enroll in a class at Lyme art Association taught by nationally recognized Connecticut impressionist pastel artist Joann Ballinger. Joann’s instruction has influenced Nancy Sue’s painting tremendously.
With the move to the northeast her love of pottery making was rekindled and she began working as an independent potter in a shoreline Connecticut studio. She loves the freedom of design that hand building offers allowing the clay to just flow in her pieces. Her inspiration comes from nature. Leaves, bark, shells, sand, sea life and water are reoccurring themes in her pottery designs as well as in her paintings. “Evoking the feeling of movement within my designs in clay as well as in the subject matter of my paintings is of paramount importance to me.”
Love of the American Southwest
Having lived in Texas for 24 years, her fascination with the American southwest, namely northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, has grown and become a passion. “The northern area of New Mexico has an energy about it that fills me with the inspiration and desire to paint powerful and color intense paintings.” In early 2008 Nancy Sue studied under a nationally recognized artist Kit Lynch at her studio in Pilar, New Mexico where her artistic epiphany took place. “Kit’s method of teaching, the ability to convey intense emotion and movement in one’s paintings, has evoked my true passionate intent as an artist.”