Nancyanne Cowell  
Fine Art Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From an early age, Nancyanne Cowell began painting our relationship with nature in the dynamic Canadian landscape.  Embracing charismatic light, her atmospheric paintings sensuously straddle the built and natural worlds we live in   providing viewers with a rich introspective experience. Using traditional oils with contemporary techniques, she combines timeless and modern elements.    With sweeping textures and soft energetic passages, Cowell's powerful and luminous paintings emphasize how our existence is inherently linked to nature.  Her work ultimately illuminates the beauty of this relationship.  An award-winning artist, a series of her paintings is academically published, exploring a more sustainable world.  Enjoyed by many, her work is collected in private, corporate and public living spaces.

 

BFA (Hon) (Distinct), MBA, LFC; Award of Distinction for painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria; Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.



 

 Artist's Thoughts


"Quietly attentive, I explore the transcendent beauty of the powerful elements of nature: the weather, seasons, ecosystems and the vitality of the light that connects them.  Throughout my walks, I embrace the clouds, breathe the light, feel the storm or pull of the moon.  I gather keepsakes from nature, written thoughts, photographs and memories of the experience.

 

I paint as though I am walking through a place recalling the sense of wonder in the beauty of the everyday sacred. It is the ethereal power of light that guides me to express my interest of place and belonging with nature.  It's where I go to unfold our search for serenity. Using oils, I revive the tradition of sfumato; revealing soft, milky edges in atmospheric depth and I also use wax in the substrate.   Space and design influences my art making. Often, reconstructed canvas-shapes provide the compositional surface for my paintings, enabling me to emphasize something special with light. The intuition of Romanticism and the emotion of Expressionist art, appeal to my inner senses, yet I find the light in 19th century Luminism art to be the most inspiring.  No doubt, Turner rocks my soul, as my heart belongs to the sky. Appreciating the reverence, I paint from that mystery."  - Nancyanne     

 

                                                                                                                                         
Curatorial Statement
by Stephanie Webb, BA, BFA (Hon), MA, Contemporary Curator & Writer


Nancyanne Cowell is an inspirational artist of our time. Her stunning and sensuously vibrant ‘ecoscapes’ profoundly capture the cyclical nature of our existence.  When handled with such virtuosity, Cowell’s subjects  love, life and death  compellingly speak to the fragility of the world, as we know it. Beginning with the word, she creates entirely from the title of the canvas. Cowell’s powerful, yet tenderly painted atmospheric paintings show evidence of making, unmaking and remaking, conjuring spectres of the inexorable passage of time. Yes, time is fleeting but, here, it is marked and recorded by the tempo of the brush … the whisper of a wing, a suggestion of a wave, an edge, flashes of flesh, drops of pooling light, hints of blue and pink: Am I beside a perilous precipice, at the edge of the world, witnessing a birth  the first breath  or caught in time, gazing deeply into the jeweled tones of a dragonfly’s eye? Bringing forth deep emotions, we are given space to integrate our own stories and experiences into these large-format ‘ecoscapes’, for they are mysterious and as multivalent as they are layered.

Born in Ottawa, Cowell’s early years were spent painting and examining the diversity of her surroundings, and it was here  growing up in the greenbelt of southern Ontario  that she became aware of the tenuous interconnections within ecosystems.  Later,  Cowell relocated to the west coast to undertake a BFA with Honours and was granted the Award of Distinction for painting, whilst concurrently studying Environmental Philosophy.  Shortly thereafter, she earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, which deepened her understanding of society and, more importantly, continues to inform her art making.  She is an elected member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. This combination of fine art, philosophy and business studies proved potent. Driven to inspire positive change, Cowell taught communications, sustainability and marketing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Although this experience was wonderfully rewarding for her, when the ‘roar of unstoppable paint’ could be denied no longer, Cowell became a full-time artist. Now, she inspires by different means. Painting on canvas, Cowell creates life-affirming, atmospheric 'ecoscapes' that are never mournful but always filled with vitality  that we can, and will, bring ourselves back from the brink…
 

                        

Representation

Representation is established with the following commercial & public galleries:

JDStevenson Gallery, www.jdstevensongallery.com

Exhibits and sells distinctive quality fine art that reflects thought and soul representing West Coast Canadian artists. Hosts group exhibits and offers online shopping. 

 

The Federation of Canadian Artists,  www.artists.ca

Exhibits and sells original fine art by elected-member artists.  The largest national arts service organization in Canada. Hosts juried exhibits and offers online shopping.

 

Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature, www.batemancentre.org
Exhibits the collection of Robert Bateman and hosts leading-edge exhibits of culture and nature. This is a Canadian public gallery.  Hosts featured exhibits of Nancyanne's art. 

 

Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery,  www.sookeharbourhouse.com

Exhibits and sells original fine art representing the Vancouver Island region. 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition History

 

This is a selection only...of group, featured, juried or solo shows:
 

Federation Gallery, Vancouver, Federation of Canadian Artists, juried shows
JDStevenson Gallery, Vancouver Island, group shows   

Royal Roads University Showcase Gallery, Edging Forward Exhibit, Victoria

Bateman Gallery of Nature, Public Art Gallery, Edging Forward Exhibit, Victoria

Academic On-line Art Gallery, Edging Forward Project, Ann Dale, Canada

Sooke Fine Arts Society Gallery, Vancouver Island's premier juried shows
The Gallery at Mattick's, solo and group shows, Saanich

Sooke Harbour House Resort Art Gallery, solo and group shows, Sooke

Victoria Arts Council Gallery, Look Show, Victoria

University of Victoria, Faculty of Fine Arts,  solo show, Victoria

Edward Jones Investment Lobby, featured artist, Saanich

Arts Center at Cedar Hill, Saanich

Saanich Municipal Hall Art Gallery, solo show, Saanich

 

 

Press

Sooke Fine Arts Society, Between Tomorrow painting, awarded best artistic & technical accomplisment for 32nd Sooke Fine Arts Show, 2019 print and social press media.

Quill and Quire Magazine, Review, Edging Forward book & art collection, Feb 2018

Focus Magazine, Carbon Thoughts painting selected for the front cover, Sept-Oct, 2017 

Chin Yuen Art, Article, "Women Hold Up Half The Sky", Featured Speaker, March 2016

Art Avenue Magazine, News Vignette, Federation of Canadian Artists, Mar/Apr 2014

SEASIDE Magazine, Article, "Time Suspended: Dust Motes, Dragonflies and Dandelion Clocks", Stephanie Webb, Jan 2014

CRC Research, Sustainable Community Development, News Blog, "integration, interconnection, inspiration", Dr. Ann Dale, Nov 2013

The Cordovan, News Vignette, "...fast on the rise", Issue 10, Winter 2013

CACGV Newsletter, News Vignette, July 2013

ISLAND Gals Magazine, Peer-Recommended Artist for Inspiration and Motivation, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Feature Article, Front Cover: Nancyanne Cowell, "moments", Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2013
 

SEASIDE Magazine, News Vignette, Seaside Arts Scene, Gillian Crowley, June 2013

CACGV Newsletter, News Vignette, May 2013

SEASIDE Magazine, Feature Contributor, Feature Article, Front Cover: 2013 Women to WATCH, "ReCycling Painting Series", Mar 2013

Exhibit-V, Art Connections, Ezine Article, ["...you can almost taste her paintings"], Stephanie Webb, Mar 2013

The Cordovan, Article, "You Can Almost Taste Her Paintings", Stephanie Webb, Spring 2013

CACGV Newsletter, News Vignette, Apr 2013

YAM Magazine, Painting in Featured Home, Home and Garden, July/Aug 2011

Where Magazine, Canada's Travel Planner, Vignette, "Featured Artist", The Gallery-at Matticks, July 2010

Saanich Newspaper, Article, "Painter Nancyanne Cowell", Island Life Style, June 2009

Preview, Art Gallery Guide, Vignette, "Featured Artist", The Gallery-at Matticks, 2009