Nancyanne Cowell  
Fine Art Studio










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Contemporary Luminism
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. 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 accomplished contemporary artist, a series of her paintings is academically published, exploring a more sustainable world. Enjoyed by many, her work is collected in private and corporate living spaces.   

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

by Jaime Clifton-Ross, Curator


Artist's Thoughts

"Creating in the 21st century, at a time when technology, our culture  and our physical world are changing at rapid speed, I explore the bond between people and the powerful elements of my country: the weather, oceans, seasons and the vitality of the light that connects them.  

Throughout my walks, I embrace the clouds, breathe the light, feel the breeze or pull of the moon.  I gather keepsakes from nature, written thoughts, photographs and memories of the experience.


Molded by the word, each painting begins with a title and the poetic quality guides how I respond.  I paint as though I am walking through a place recalling the sense of wonder of the raw energy of Earth. It is the aesthetic power of light that guides me to channel an artistic expression that speaks to my interest of place and belonging.  It's where I go to unfold our search for serenity. It sets my soul free. Often, I lovingly include hints of preserved keepsakes from nature that hold the textural energy of the land. Using traditional techniques, I paint with oils to reveal atmospheric depth and emotion.  The intuition of Romanticism and the movement of Impressionism art, appeal to my inner senses, yet I revive the Luminism style of painting.  My heart belongs to the sky. Appreciating the reverence, I paint from that mystery."    - Nancyanne     


Curatorial Statement

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…

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



Representation is established with the following galleries:

JDStevenson Gallery, Chemainus,

Exhibits and sells distinctive quality fine art that reflects thought and soul representing West Coast Canadian artists. 


The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria,
Exhibits the collection of Robert Bateman and hosts special exhibits of local Canadian culture and nature.


Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery, Sooke,

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:

JDStevenson Gallery, Chemainus


Royal Roads University Library Showcase-Gallery, solo show, Victoria


The Robert Bateman Centre, Public Art Gallery, Edging Forward Special Exhibit, Victoria


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


Sooke Fine Arts Society Gallery, Vancouver Island's premier juried show

The Gallery at Mattick's, Saanich

Sooke Harbour House Resort Art Gallery, solo show, Sooke


Victoria Arts Council Gallery, Victoria


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


Edward Jones Investment Lobby, Saanich


Arts Center at Cedar Hill, Saanich


Saanich Municipal Hall Art Gallery, solo show, Saanich




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

Art Avenue Magazine, News Vignette, Federation of Canadian Artists, Jan/Feb 2014

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

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

Art Avenue Magazine, News Vignette, Federation of Canadian Artists, Sept/Oct 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

Art Avenue Magazine, News Vignette, Federation of Canadian Artists, May/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, [" 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

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

 ...Our coastal Craftsman cottage, where I paint.