Nancy Weaver: Although she creates primarily nature scenes in oils, her favorite subject and medium, she is always eager to try other art avenues.
Nancy was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. From the third grade on, she enjoyed skiing the scenic Sierra Mountains. Her grandfather, the first chief of police in Reno, wore badge number 1. This was during the early 1900’s when Most Wanted’s Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger roamed the area.
Like her mother before her, who began painting after her retirement, Nancy, a resident of Evening Shade, has only been exploring her love of painting since 2015. At that time, she attended her very first art class with Eva Haley, a wonderful teacher whom Nancy credits for much of her improvement as an artist.
Having grown up near Lake Tahoe, Nancy finds her inspiration in the great outdoors and the magical scenes discovered in nature. Many of her paintings showcase both her love of nature and her colorful, charming style. She lived briefly in San Francisco during its 60’s movement.
When she isn’t painting, Nancy enjoys the active life of a pastor’s wife—Sunday School teacher, song director (at present), Bible study, jail ministry where she serves as chaplain, and “Awana” facilitator. “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed” is a marvelous church program for helping children of all ages with the memorization of scripture. Nancy also belongs to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Friends of the Library. She attended the first United Nations Environmental Conference in Denmark with Shirley Temple Black representing the United States.
Nancy, who especially enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren, and her three mini-Yorkies, is a world traveler. She has visited many countries, including Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Mexico, France, and many South American countries. She has sailed on various cruises. She has taken several road trips with her husband and daughter, one to Washington state, Oregon, down through the giant redwoods in California. Other traveling highlights include Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, a fall foliage trip through Vermont, and a “lighthouse” trek down the Eastern Coast. After all of her travels, she states, “I believe Arkansas is as pretty as any places I have visited!!!”
A member of three art galleries, Nancy appreciates greatly the opportunity to display her art and the encouraging acceptance of her fellow artists. She is very thankful for her friends’ and family’s support which has given her the confidence to pursue and display her creative endeavors.
Nancy, whose major loves are her family, Jesus, art—and her little fur babies—states, “I believe to paint a good picture, it has to come from your heart.” That sounds like a very succinct but perceptive Artist Statement—and one to which Nancy herself adheres.