Featured Artist Nancy Delahaye
Hello artists! We are so excited to introduce you to our December Artist, Nancy Delahaye! This artist went from a biomedical researcher to a full time artist - from a perfectionist to a lover of color and creation. Reading her story inspires one to paint more for oneself and think less of other's opinions. She doesn't shy away from color but instead embraces it as a way to connect with the world and those around her. Read on to hear her point of view.
nature and travel. I feel connected to natural elements around me, especially
water and rock. Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, I am
surrounded by natural beauty which cannot be described accurately with words
but with paint, can be tangibly abstracted. My studio work includes the use of
acrylic, alcohol inks, pastels, charcoal and oil sticks. I especially like to
incorporate layers with vibrant colors and textures. My portfolio includes
abstracted landscapes and colorful abstracts.
If it weren’t for art, I don’t think I would have survived some large losses and trials in my life. So, you see, creating art is remarkable therapy for me.
I am unlike any artist I've ever met because I didn't go to a fancy art school, but rather I have a biomedical background. I meet people daily that immediately say they can’t create art because they aren’t creative - but it’s just another muscle you have to train. Being a self-taught abstract artist has opened my mind and heart to so many new experiences.
I want to soften the door to entry to inspire another women to heal by finding the colors and expressions that bring them joy - everyday.
My inspiration is drawn from travels around the United States and Europe. I often dream at night about what direction to take my paintings. Meditation, journaling, music, and incense lighting help to get my creative juices flowing. I never know where my work will take me but it is always a fun journey.
My paintings can reflect feelings of sadness and aloneness that I often experience because of traumatic loss of loved ones. It is my hope that they will bring you comfort in the face of trauma and that the colors can bring you joy, even through the hard times.
WEBSITE: www.nancydelahaye.comINSTAGRAM: www.Instagram.com/nancydelahayeart