Heart of the Country Show & Sale

Nancy Tingley

Artist's statement

Painting and drawing have always been what interest me most. I enjoy working with my hands to create a visual image with whatever medium and on whatever surface best fits the finished piece, sometimes working with oil or acrylics on wood, metal and canvas, paper or walls. Challenges in trying new surfaces and mediums are always around the corner. The mind never stops.

Watercolors have a special interest because of the versatility of the medium. It can be exciting to be spontaneous and very detailed in the same piece of work. Because of my background of hiking and camping I was naturally drawn to the native plants and berries of the northwest region. Botanicals especially lend themselves to watercolors.

Combining my work with Mary Ellen Hartman's calligraphy came as a natural transition to describe the plants and berries. Mary Ellen is a professional calligrapher in the Portland area.

Background Training

I have had fine arts training for 3 1/2 years at Portland State University, and 4 years of photography, illustration and design at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. I have a BFA from PNCA. I worked for 2 years at Qwest doing graphic work, and have taken several workshops at Sitka Center for Learning and Ecology at the Oregon Coast. Other workshops have been with Susan McKinnon, watercolorist, Lisa Nelson, Swedish painter,and Kathy Anderson, Norwegian Rosemaler.


I have been in exhibits at Portland Central Library, Lake Oswego Library and Doll Gardner Gallery in Portland, I belong to the Larch Mountain Country Artisans, and a Scandinavian painting group in Portland. I have work for sale at such places a Leach Botanical Garden, Tryon Creek Gift shop, Vista House Gift Shop, and Timberline Lodge.


I have been teaching Young Artists classes for 1st-5th grade through the Sun School program for 5 years, and have taught a Family Drawing class.