Library Balcony Art Gallery
December's Artist is Nancy Lewis. Artist reception will be held Monday, December 3 at 6:00 pm. Art will be displayed December 1-31.
About the Artist
I was born and raised in rural, south-central Ohio. I studied drafting in school and was the first girl to take shop in my high school. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 19 and later moved to Idaho to work at Mack’s Inn. That fall I moved to Salt Lake City where I met and married my husband, Jody.
As a young girl, I always loved drawing. When asked, I told people “I want to be an artist and a mommy when I grow up.” As my own children came along, I realized that the two mix about as well as oil and water at times. Nevertheless, I continued to draw and sketch every chance I got. One day my 10-year-old came home and said he had a job for me. For the next three years I taught art and enjoyed rock star status among all the children at the elementary school; 14 classes a week.
We raised 4 children while living in Utah, Texas, California and Germany. During this time, I got to travel more than I ever expected. We visited Europe, China, Thailand, India, Morocco, Egypt, Dubai and Turkey. It has given me a different perspective on art, color and culture.
After my children were raised, I started focusing more on my art. I took a couple classes at the University of Utah: portraits and colored pencil. We moved to Illinois and I started teaching art for children again. I began taking more classes and started oil painting in 2015.
We recently moved back to Utah to be closer to family. I love my 9 grandkids and am thankful to be close to all of them. You can see many of them in my paintings.
I really love working with oil, the ability to blend colors. I love to tell a story and always look for the good and beautiful in the world.
My goal is to do vignettes of family and friends that tell a story. I struggled with reading and writing in school but always loved art. I have a good memory and got through school by listening and never missing a day. I love to tell a story and always look for the good and beautiful in the world. I like to think that my art will be like a journal that I leave to my posterity.