Art Box is delighted to announce the return of oil painter Nancy Andruk Olson for April’s First Friday Art Stroll. Nancy’s exhibition will feature gardens in the style of impressionism — just in time for spring! After a visit last summer to Giverny (the location of Monet’s home and the beautiful gardens that served as inspiration for a large part of his collection), Nancy’s new work is focused on her experience there, which captures the memory and feeling of being in the garden, rather than strict representation. The use of nontraditional color schemes emphasizes these ideas.
Nancy started painting as a child with her mother, who is an art teacher, and has never really stopped. She attended Art Center College of Design as a high school student, and has a BFA in painting from BYU, where she spent most of her time working with Bruce Hixson Smith. She also has a post-baccalaureate certificate from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Nancy uses the images she creates to communicate memories, feelings, emotions, and experiences from daily life. She tends to paint quickly and directly using a lot of impressionist techniques. Nancy enjoys the improvisation and the interaction of the paint, and the interplay of the materials is part of the language for her. She makes a lot of her own paint to ensure she can get the intensity of the pigment she desires. The main element that Nancy focuses on is color. To her, this is the best tool that she has to communicate her experiences.
Nancy is also inspired by other artists who focus on color to capture memories such as Pierre Bonnard, Wolf Kahn and Laura Jones. She is always working on improving her form, but Nancy’s real goal with her artwork is to communicate emotions from the human experience. In her artwork, Nancy is attempting to share inspiring moments from her life and maybe find some common ground with other people living through similar moments.