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. Born in rural Ontario and living near Victoria, she is well regarded for her ethereal landscapes. Embracing charismatic light, her atmospheric paintings channel themes of release and renewal — providing viewers with a rich nurturing experience. Using traditional oils with mixed media, she explores the modern landscape through carved textures, encaustic and subtle layers of opulent colour. With sweeping textures and soft energetic passages, Nancyanne Cowell's powerful and luminous paintings emphasize how our existence is inherently linked to nature.  Her work ultimately illuminates the beauty of this relationship.  A series of her paintings is academically published, exploring a more sustainable world. An accomplished artist, she also produces collections that exhibit in public galleries. Enjoyed by many, her artwork is collected in private, corporate, institutional 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 Statement


Essentially, a painting must inspire the senses and pull on my emotions.  I paint sublime beauty from the shaping forces of nature: the weather, ecosystems and the vitality of the light moving through the atmosphere. I am drawn to the inspiriting essence of nature — its' rhythms or shapes and the strengthening it evokes in us. We live in complex times. My landscapes unfold our search for serenity.                                             
 

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I am interested in the aesthetics of light.  Using oils, I revive the tradition of sfumato; revealing soft, milky edges and I integrate layers of subtly modulated oil paint with wax and glazed patinas across 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. The intuition of Romanticism and the emotion of abstract Expressionist art, appeal to my inner senses, yet I find the light in 19th century Luminism art to be the most inspiring.  Appreciating the reverence, I create from that mystery. 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                         



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


Mother, Scholar, Painter, Poet

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

Bateman Gallery of Nature, www.batemancentre.org
Provides leading-edge exhibits of nature and public-education programs and exhibits the collection of Robert Bateman.  Hosts featured exhibits of Nancyanne Cowell's painting collections and projects. "This is the only Canadian public gallery promoting artwork to inspire a generation of people to have a deep relationship with nature.", (Bateman Foundation).   

 

Federation Gallery,  www.artists.ca

Exhibits and sells original fine art representing elected-member artists; the Federation of Canadian Artists is the largest arts service organization in Canada. Hosts national-juried art exhibits and also offers online art-shopping.

 

Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery,  www.sookeharbourhouse.com

Exhibits and sells original fine art reflecting the west coast of British Columbia, and also offers online art-shopping.  The award-winning Sooke Harbour House Resort is one of Canada's leading premier boutique-hotels. 

 

 

 

Exhibitions

 

2020 Federation Gallery, Looking In-Looking Out (juried), online

2020 Federation Gallery, Social Distancing (int’l juried), online
2020 Edward Jones Investment, lobby, (featured), Victoria BC

2020 year of COVID-19 pandemic...exhibits cancelled 

2019 JDStevenson Gallery, spring, (group), Chemainus BC

2019 Royal Roads University Gallery, (featured), Victoria BC

2019 Federation Gallery, Abstracted (nat’l juried), Vancouver BC

2019 Edward Jones Investment, lobby, (featured), Victoria BC

2019 JDStevenson Gallery, holiday, (group), Chemainus BC

2018 Sooke Fine Arts Show, (regional award winner), Sooke BC

2018 JDStevenson Gallery, summer, (group), Chemainus BC

2018 Edward Jones Investment, lobby, (featured), Victoria BC

2018 Royal Roads University Gallery, (solo) Victoria BC

2018 JDStevenson Gallery, holiday, (group), Chemainus BC

2017 Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature, (solo) Victoria, BC

2017 JDStevenson Gallery, summer, (group), Chemainus BC

2017 JDStevenson Gallery, (featured), Chemainus BC

2017 Edward Jones Investment, lobby, (featured), Victoria BC

2017 JDStevenson Gallery, holiday, (group), Chemainus BC

2016 JDStevenson Gallery, fall, (group), Chemainus BC

2016 Edward Jones Investment, lobby, (featured), Victoria BC

2016 JDStevenson Gallery, inaugural, (group), Chemainus BC

2016 Victora Arts Council, (juried), Victoria BC

2016 Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery, (solo), Sooke BC

2015 The Gallery-at Mattick's, holiday, (group), Victoria BC

2015 Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery, (group) Sooke BC

2015 The Gallery-at Mattick's, spring, (group), Victoria BC

2015 Edward Jones Investment, lobby, (featured), Victoria BC

2015 The Gallery-at Mattick's, (featured), Victoria BC

2015 Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery, (featured), Sooke BC

2015 The Gallery-at Mattick's, holiday, (group), Victoria BC

2014 Arts Center Gallery at Cedar Hill, (group), Saanich BC

2014 The Gallery-at Mattick's, spring, (group), Victoria BC

2014 Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery, (solo), Sooke BC

2014 Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery, (group), Sooke BC

2014 Edward Jones Investment, lobby, (featured), Victoria BC

2013 The Gallery-at Mattick's, holiday, (group), Victoria BC

2013 The Gallery-at Mattick's, (featured), Victoria BC

2013 Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery (group), Sooke BC

2013 Edward Jones Investment, lobby, (featured), Victoria BC

2013 Victoria Arts Council, (juried), Victoria BC

2013 Arts Center Gallery at Cedar Hill, (group), Saanich BC

2013 Saanich Municipal Hall Gallery, (featured), Saanich BC

2012 The Gallery-at Mattick's, holiday, (group), Victoria BC

2012 Edward Jones Investment, lobby, (featured), Victoria BC

2012 The Gallery-at Mattick's, spring, (group), Victoria BC

2011 Saanich Studio Tour, (sold out), Saanich BC

2011 Edward Jones Investment, lobby, (featured), Victoria BC

2011 Victoria Arts Council, (juried), Victoria BC

2010 The Gallery-at Mattick's, fall, (group), Victoria BC

2010 Saanich Studio Tour, Saanich BC

2010 Victoria Arts Council, (juried), Victoria BC

2010 The Gallery-at Mattick's, (featured), Victoria BC

2010 Edward Jones Investment, lobby, (featured), Victoria BC

2009 The Gallery-at Mattick's, holiday, (group), Victoria BC

2009 The Gallery-at Mattick's, (featured), Victoria BC

2009 Victoria Arts Council, (juried), Victoria BC

2009 Edward Jones Investment, lobby, (featured), Victoria BC

2009 Saanich Studio Tour, Saanich BC

2008 The Gallery-at Mattick's, (featured), Victoria BC

 

 

Media

Front Cover, 2019 Exhibition Catalogue, Sooke Fine Arts Juried Show, 'Between Tomorrow' painting, awarded 2018 best artwork for artistic accomplishment and originality

Royal Roads University Media, 'RRU Acquires Cowell Painting', by Ali Blythe, July 2019

Sooke Fine Arts Show Poster, 'Between Tomorrow' painting selected for 2019 poster to represent the 33rd Sooke Fine Arts Juried Show in western Canada, United States and abroad

33rd Sooke Fine Arts Show Media, 'Between Tomorrow' painting selected for all domestic and international print media, social media, television and radio press, as well as digital street bulletins

Quill and Quire Magazine, Review, "Edging Forward" book by Ann Dale & art collection by Nancyanne Cowell, Feb 2018

Front Cover, Focus Magazine, 'Carbon Thoughts' painting, Sept-Oct issue, 2017 

2017 Exhibition Catalogue, Edging Forward Exhibit, Bateman Gallery of Nature, Fernweh Press Publishing

Coalition of Museums for Climate, Featured Article, "Edging Forward Exhibit on art and science collaboration", Jaime Clifton-Ross, Curator, Bateman Gallery of Nature,  Mchriscastle, Nov 2017

Fernweh Press, "Edging Forward" (achieving sustainable development), book by Ann Dale, cover and chapter-by-chapter painting illustrations by Nancyanne Cowell, print & e-book design by Peter Sibbald Brown, 2017

Fernweh Press, "Edging Forward" (achieving sustainable development) by Ann Dale, multi-media website offering research, films, videos, podcasts and an online art gallery for the Edging Forward Art Collection by Nancyanne Cowell, 2017

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

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

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

CACGV Newsletter, News Vignette, July 2013

Front Cover & Feature Article, "moments", ISLAND Gals Magazine, Peer-Recommended Artist for Inspiration and Motivation, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, 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, Arts Feature Article,  2013 Women to WATCH, "...in the garden", 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", edited by Chris Harbor, 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