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Lived/Active: Illinois / China      Known for: watercolor painting, wildlife-birds, marine, illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from the artist, who lives in Palatine, Illinois.

Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, CHINA - 1984
Studied with numerous watercolorists including: the late Ed Whitney, AWS; the late Robert E. Wood, AWS; the late Dong Kingman, DFAWS,NA;
Cheng-Khee Chee, DFAWS; the late Lu Yanshao, a contemporary master Chinese artist; and a master watercolor class with Ed Betts, AWS, NA

Professional watercolor artist - 29 years
Painting instructor of both beginning and advanced watercolor classes in Districts 211 and 214
Adult Education Programs 28 years
Conducted over 37 watercolor workshops throughout the Midwest, FL, CO, ME and NH
Painting demonstrations given to art leagues, public schools, church groups, and has appeared on numerous Radio and TV programs in Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI

SHOWS (partial list)
Academic Artists of America - NYC 2 Annuals
Adirondacks National Exhibition of
American Watercolors - NY - 6 Annuals
American Artists Professional Professional League - NYC - 4 Annuals
American Watercolor Society - NYC 2 Annuals
Art and the Animal - The Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney Resort, Florida - 1998
Art and the Animal Kingdom - VT - 1993, 1997, 2001
Audubon Artists NYC Birds in Art - WI - 6 Annuals
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club - NYC - 5 Annuals
Distinguished Women Marine Artists - Mystic Maritime Gallery -CT- 1995 and 1996
Exhibition Hall - Hangzhou, China 1984 and 1994
International Society of Marine Painters - various states - 6 Annuals
Lighthouse Art, Open Harbor Museum, Amsterdam, HOLLAND - 1998
Midwest Watercolor Society various states - 8 Annuals
Mystic International - Mystic Maritime Gallery - CT - 1994
San Diego National Watercolor Society CA - 3 Annuals
Society of Animal Artists - various states and Canada - 5 Annuals
Sumi-e Society of America - various states and Canada - 15 Annuals
Watercolor West - CA - 5 Annuals
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies - 4 Annuals
Wildlife - The Artist's View - WI 1993 ZooArts Festival - National Zoological Park - Washington, DC - 1995
More than 20 solo exhibitions in IL, FL,
WI, SD, IA and MI

Blauvelt Museum of Art - NJ
Museum of Art - Ogunquit, ME
Canton Museum of Art - Canton, OH
Oklahoma Museum of Natural History -Norman, OK
Elliot Museum - Stuart, FL
Open Harbor Museum - Amsterdam, HOLLAND
Field Museum of Natural History - Chicago, IL
Riverside Art Museum - CA
Frye Museum of Art - Seattle, WA San
Antonio Museum of Art - TX
Houston Museum of Natural Science - TX
Tweed Museum - Duluth, MN
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum - Wausau, WI
Witte Museum - San Antonio, TX
Maritime and Yachting Museum - Stuart, FL

American Artists Professional League - Fellow
Arizona Watercolor Association Royal Scorpion Honor Society
Texas Watercolor Society - Purple Sage Honor Society
Academic Artists of America
Georgia Watercolor Society
Kentucky Watercolor Society
Midwest Watercolor Society
Northwest Watercolor Society
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society
Watercolor West
Western Colorado Watercolor Society
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies

Whiskey Painters of America (exclusive miniature watercolor Society)
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
American Society of Marine Artists
International Society of Marine Painters
National Association of Marine Artists
Society of Animal Artists
U.S. Coast Guard -Commissioned Artist

MWS 26th Annual Exhibition, 2002
MWS 25th Annual Exhibition, 2001
MWS 24th Annual Exhibition, 2000
The Artists Touch III - 1999
TWS - 50th Anniversary Edition - 1999
The Artistic Touch - first edition
How to Capture Movement in your Paintings including the cover - 1st & 2nd editions
The U.S. and Northeast Asia - Cover
Artists of the Renown
Artists of Illinois
Wild Birds - Tokyo, JAPAN

Artist Shares Vision - Pioneer Press - 1999
American Artist Magazine - Watercolor Page-1996
Brush with Greatness - Chicago Tribune - 1996
Birdwatchers Digest - Front covers in 1984, 1986-87
North Shore Magazine - feature story - 1988
Milwaukee Journal - feature story - 1987
Chicago Sun Times - feature story - 1987
North Light Magazine - feature story - 1982
Palette Talk - feature story - 1987
U. S. Lighthouse Log Magazine - 1985 thru 1999
Greek Post - Athens, GREECE - 1987
Focus Magazine - Palm Beach, FL - 1985 and 1989

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum - Wausau, WI
Rev. Billy Graham
Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts - Hangzhou,China
People of the Century
International Crane Foundation
Loon Foundation
Eddie Bauer, Inc.
Natural Wonders Collection - Leigh Yawkey
Woodson Art Museum - Wausau, WI
Former Ambassador to China, Winston Lord and wife and
Author Betty Bao Lord
Numerous libraries, hospitals, public and private schools, churches, small corporations and private collections throughout the world. Paintings are included in three Presidential Collections, and in collections of several past and present State Senators and numerous Governors Collections

AWARDS / HONORS (partial list)
Recipient of over 75 National and Regional awards in competitive exhibitions

Midwest Watercolor Societys 26th Annual-Award of Special Merit - 2002
Aqueous Solutions, St. Louis Art Guild, Sarah Longmire Memorial Award - 2001
NWWS 61st Annual Exhibition - Dick Blick,
Cheap Joe & Canson Talens Award - 2000
Texas Watercolor Society 50th Annual
Exhibition - Award of Excellence - 1999 Second International Society of Artists -
Grumbacher Award & Medallion Professional Watercolor Exhibition -
Illinois State Fair - Top Award
Orange County Watercolor Society - Mountain View Award
Alaska Audubon Art Exhibit - Award of Distinction
Watercolor Magic Magazine - 1998 two paintings were among only 100 finalists
Artists in Watercolour - England Queen's Silver Jubilee - Top Award
Artistís Magazine - Experimental Artist Category - Finalist
American Artist Magazine - First National Art Show, NY - Finalist

Listed in Who's Who in American Art; Who's Who of American Women; Who's Who in America: Who's Who in the Midwest; Who's Who in the World; International Who's Who

Juror and Watercolor Demonstrator throughout the US

Nancy is currently serving as President of the International Society of Marine Painters ( and is President Emeritus of the Midwest Watercolor Society (

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