The wooded Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico provide an appropriate home and stimulating atmosphere for Nancy to express her passion for nature and animals through her detailed and thought provoking colored pencil drawings. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Art from New Mexico State University, the artist spent several years as a jewelry designer before making the transition to drawing and painting professionally. Recently she has returned to creating jewelry in addition to creating her colored pencil images. Although wildlife is her primary subject matter, Nancy is also recognized for her expressive portrayals of domestic animals including dogs, cats and horses to name a few. She has spent over 40 years participating with her Great Pyrenees in conformation and obedience competition and several years ago competed in Draft Dog competitions. She credits these experiences with training her eye to recognize proper proportion and developing insight into understanding animal behavior which she utililizes to bring out the inner spirit of each animal she portrays. Her work with her Great Pyrenees as a Therapy Dog has enhanced her ability to express the special relationships she has witnessed between humans and dogs. Through her art, Nancy seeks to share her view that every living creature deserves respect and each has a powerful lesson for all those willing to learn. Nancy is a Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America.She has earned numerous awards for her art during the 30+ years she has been creating her art but what is most important to her is the unique opportunity she has to capture the endless ways that animals express themselves and how they play such an important role in our lives, both physically and symbolically. Over the years a number of her images have been available as notecards distributed by Leanin’ Tree of Boulder, CO. Her originals and prints are part of numerous permanent and private collections throughout the US andinternationally: including Australia, Switzerland, Japan and Germany to name a few.