Creative since childhood, Nancy Boren grew up in a home surrounded by paintings and drawings, comfortable in her father’s studio, and decided early on she also wanted a life in the arts. As a child she copied illustrations from favorite books, learned to knit and crochet, and made miniature furniture out of bits of wood and cork. As an adult Nancy is fascinated by painting and printmaking: processes that include rich, pure colors on the palette, the power of contrasting lights and darks, and the juxtaposition and creation of patterns.
James Boren, Nancy’s father, was a major influence in her development as an artist, not only by the example of his own career as a painter, but by introducing her to the rich, evocative work of others such as: Nicholai Fechin, Sargent, Sorolla, Bettina Steinke, and Winslow Homer. Other artists who have influenced her thinking include Waterhouse, Victor Higgins, E. Martin Hennings, Gustav Klimt, Kathe Kollwitz, Edgar Payne and the master printmaker Gustave Baumann. She also feels a special connection to the life and art of the Canadian painter Emily Carr, who chronicled her artistic life in her journal, Hundreds and Thousands.
Nancy says, “Living in the American West has greatly influenced me, although it is not the exclusive source of my subject matter. Texas and Alaska, in particular, have shaped my perceptions and given me an appreciation for the grand scale of lives lived in wide-open spaces. I’m enamored with the vastness of the landscape, and enjoy all of its moods, but especially the endless blue of the big skies and the bright sunshine. I paint because I am compelled to try to capture fleeting moments and I simply love taking raw material (paint) and fashioning something of value from it.”