Nancy Lorenz uses mother-of-pearl, pigment and, often, layers of shellac in her work, creating a highly refined surface. Gradually shifting in tone and color, her abstractions relate to the Asian landscape painting tradition in their ability to evoke endless space. Lorenz lived in Japan for five years and later worked as a restorer of lacquer antiques. These paintings combine the artist’s interest in Asian craftsmanship and materials, while also allowing a more gestural and incidental approach associated with abstract oil painting. Lorenz has studied at the International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, Japan; received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1985; and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Rome, Italy, in 1988. Lorenz’s work is in the collection of the New York Public Library, New York City, and the United States Consulate, Istanbul, Turkey, among others. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998.