Throughout my life, I have always made art. I grew up in Ohio and moved to Boston for undergraduate studies focused on psychology and art. I was fascinated with human behavior and the potential for healing through creative expression. I earned a masters degree in art therapy and worked as an art therapist for 10 years.
While on the East Coast, I got married and had three children. Throughout the years I continued to study art and took classes in various media, jewelry making, watercolor painting, clay sculpture, pastels and oil painting. We moved to California, my kids grew up and I I got a second masters degree and became a Marriage and Family therapist, a career that continues to inspire me to this day.
Seeking balance and a deeper connection with my creativity, I came back to art about 10 years ago. My living room became my studio. As my work evolves, it has been exciting to see my personal style develop. I find it deeply satisfying to recognize myself in my art, even as a relative beginner returning to an earlier passion.
I am inspired by many things: my love of the ocean, the richness and energy of color, the transformative power of light and the indelible soul connection to subjects that evoke a memory. I often see introspective narratives unfolding in my work, no doubt drawing from my years working with people through their struggles in pursuit of self awareness.
Recently, I fulfilled a lifelong dream and took a studio at the Industrial center building in Sausalito, a dynamic art hub with over 100 working artist’s studios. It’s thrilling to be working among so many talented and creative artists.. I look forward to seeing how much my work changes now that I have the space and time to let it grow!
Nancie's studio is located in the Industrial Center Building in Sausalito, California where more than 100 well-known San Francisco Bay Area, Marin County and Sausalito professional artists create their work.
The landmark Industrial Center Building was built in 1942 as part of a large shipyard complex during WWII. The ICB was known as the "Mold Loft" because it was where the templates and mock-ups were made in order to fabricate the raw steel for the workhorse Liberty Ships.
Beginning in the 1950s artists were attracted to its big open spaces, natural light and cheap rents. Today it is known for the three floors of professional artist studios.
Since 1968, the ICB artists have welcomed the public to come into their working studios during the Winter Open Studios event held during the first weekend in December.
Nancie welcomes visitors to her studio by appointment.