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Nancy A. Conley - Local Artist Continues her Creative Journey

Nancy A. Conley - Local Artist Continues her Creative Journey

Nancy’s art career has been a very gradual process over her entire life. She became more involved with art after retiring from the corporate world in 2013. She began oil painting with Grace Graupe-Pillard and was introduced to DSLR photography by Michael Miller, and currently participates in a photo group led by Laury Egan.

She has taken various studio arts courses at Brookdale, and most recently, computer arts courses online provided by Sebastian Michaels.

“Most all artists I've met and/or studied have had some influence, as I am continuously in a learning process and enjoying the journey,” Nancy explains. She has exhibited locally in Monmouth County and a few of her photos have been published in Photographic Society of America. Her local exhibits include: Monmouth Museum; Brookdale Museum; Belmar Arts; Red Bank Art Alliance; The Guild; Middletown Arts; Monmouth Beach Cultural Center; and the Middletown Library.

Nancy has also won the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center 2nd Place Photography Award.

“I'm inspired by my everyday environment, which includes online discoveries,” Nancy shares. Her media of choice are oil, acrylic, encaustic, pencil, digital art and photography. She often melts encaustic wax over her photos to create a protective coating that refracts light in unique ways and unlike glass, it does not glare. As the wax dulls a bit over time, a rubbing with a cotton cloth will restore the original glow. “It is extremely durable -- even used in some ancient Greek works that survive today.”

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