My main body of work encompasses 2 mediums; Mixed-Media Metal Art using vintage tin ceiling tiles as canvases and Watercolor Painting.
My Mixed-Media Metal Art comes from the joy of finding the beauty in the unusual and even the unwanted. My encounter with tin ceiling tiles began in a church located in Elmira, NY. in 2009, as seen under the Raw Materials and History tab. I will never forget when I looked up and saw that magnificent ceiling that had witnessed decades of history. Although the ceiling was falling down and in poor condition, I knew I could give it a new life as Art. I bravely experimented with a variety of paints, stains and a sealer and after several days the raw tin emerges into the finished art piece. I call this process - tin glazing - because it has the look of the glaze found on fine ceramics. Another signature mark is the use of vintage door and drawer parts because I feel we unlock the beauty of the tin.
With my husband Gary's support, collaboration and dedication to finding ceilings across the United States, we have a new found passion for preserving this part of our American
architectural history for a new generation to enjoy. I will always be thankful to God for this opportunity and feel blessed when someone else “gets” the vision of my Art by making it part of their everyday life and home.
Watercolor painting gives me a completely different experience – it allows me to empty my mind. It gives me the freedom to not be driven but to just “be”. Watercolor painting is a time not to think of the cares of life but to focus on the paper, paint and God’s glorious creation around me! One of my most proud accomplishments is to be the artist that painted the label for a Finger Lakes company's salt container - Seneca Salt Company. This company offers many wonderful culinary products - please take time to checkout their website and order something today - http://www.java-gourmet.com/product/Seneca-Salt-Natural-
Contact Nancy at email@example.com or at (309) 235-5453 with any questions. You can see some of her works at the family antique store in Reading Center, NY.
4031 RT 14A
Reading Center, NY 14876
Nancy was born in the Finger Lakes Region and raised in the Midwest, she has always expressed herself through art. After raising a family, Nancy and her husband, Gary, returned east to join her Father in the antique business. The antique collection offered a diverse palette to convey her creativity. She discovered her passion, selecting pieces of the past and unlocking their beauty in a fresh way for a new generation to enjoy.
The canvas for her art pieces are ceiling tiles from the late 1800s and early 1900's that once adorned many magnificent ceilings. Each piece is thoroughly cleaned to highlight the patina of the aged tin. She also enjoys creating custom pieces that reflect her vision as an artist combined with clientele-preferred colors. On the back of each piece, the story is told of where the tile began its journey. Art that breathes history on your walls!!
"Rust & dents are to tin as
Wrinkles and laugh lines are to a face;
they all add character!"
"May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us, establish the work of our hands for us -Yes, establish the work of our hands!!" Psalm 90:17