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Art & Life with Nancy Gunther

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nancy Gunther.

Nancy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Art has always been my lifelong passion. Throughout my journey as an artist, I have constantly been refining my art. I now consider myself an emerging modern representational mixed media artist. Through my art, I am attempting to bring joy to your soul with unique imagery paintings that evoke soulful moments of awe. Artistic themes evolve from my love for travel, nature, and everything vintage.

Throughout my art are touches of imagination and joy combined with a multitude of techniques developed over thirty years of experience with different art forms. These art forms stem from fashion, interior tile painting, and stage design which have led me to my current form of mixed media paintings.

Growing up in Glendale, I am a fifth generation native Californian. I graduated from Brooks College of Design, studied painting and art business under Seagrin Stewart, Kwok Wai Lau, Lisa Cyr, Crista Cloutier and Nicholas Wilton. In addition, I’ve developed my artistic style through classes at Palm Springs Museum, MoMa NY, The Working Artist and Art2Life with Nicholas Wilton. My husband, Keith and I enjoy traveling and new experiences which inspire my artwork.

My work is included in public and private collections throughout the USA.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My work flows from my adventures in exploring foreign countries as well as the things I love in life, in nature, and places that calm my soul. I create my work to draw you back to the peaceful and simple side of life. Though added vintage pieces, old worn buildings or peaceful settings, I spark the viewer’s memory of treasured times spent with those you love at home or a far. I often paint images that remind you of the fine craftsman who made their exquisite pieces to last for generations.

My painting technique is unique and it encompasses my thirty years of experience as an artist. I apply layers of acrylic paint and then use a variety of mediums including vintage papers, palette knives, brushes, pencils, and tools for creating texture and designs. Some pieces reveal themselves to me after a few days while others take weeks before they’re ready for my signature and the finish coat of cold wax.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
I have always said and feel when I am not painting or at least being creative a part of me dies. If your goal is to become a full time artist it does take financial planning, saving, teaching, or any job to get ready. Be creative in saving on supplies, buy house paint bloopers, work at an art supply store for discounts, do as some artist I have seen by using found objects to paint on, such as cardboard, pool together with other artist and share supplies, contact companies to test new art products. Think outside the box… It is one profession you can be creative in all areas to make it happen but it takes work and wearing a business and artist hat to make it happen. Most important, find your artist tribe for support for the up and down journey of the wonderful crazy life of being an artist. It is a gift to be shared, not hidden under the bed.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Showing at:
Shepherd’s Glen Whittier
15807 Whittier Blvd.
Whittier, CA 90603

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  1. Sandy

    April 23, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Nancy,
    I love all of these paintings. They all take me to another place and tell a different story. I think my favorite might be the one pair of panties in front of the Turquoise shutters:)
    XOXOXO & Miss you

    • Nancy Gunther

      April 24, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      Ah thank you Sandy, miss you as well…That painting is my humor coming out, “Single?” There is something about the laundry hanging off the houses in Italy that is endearing to me and when I saw just one pair of panties hanging out, it made me laugh so it became a painting.

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