Recent Awards Include:
Best in Show: Chesapeake College 2011, Paint Stevensville Quickdraw 2018
Best Pastoral: Local Color 2008
Judges Award of Excellence: WAF Heron Point 2012, 2013, 2016, WAF Selections Gallery Academy Art Museum 2015, WAF Chesapeake College 2016
1st Place: Kent Island Federation of Art 2006, Chesapeake College 2011, Third Thursday Plein Air, Denton 2018
2nd Place: Chesapeake College 2010, Kent Island Federation of Art, 2008, Human Form 2009, Spring Thing Quick Draw, Denton 2018
3rdPlace: Chesapeake College 2008, 2010 MEBA 2008, 2012
Peoples Choice Award: 2nd Annual PAE @ South Street Gallery, Easton, MD
Honorable Mention: BWS Ocean City 2014, WAF Annual Heron Point Show 2015
JURIED INTO BWS MID ATLANTIC REGIONAL SHOW 2013
JURIED INTO PLEIN AIR EASTON 2018
OXFORD FINE ARTS FESTIVAL 2010-2017
LOCAL COLOR SHOW 2013-2017
Biography and Awards
"Painting, like dancing, requires rhythm and timing" according to artist, Nancy R. Thomas. Having had a twenty plus year career in Middle Eastern Dance, as well as visual Art, Thomas feels qualified to make this statement. Thomas began studying art in the 1970's at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. After this, for a time most of her energy was consumed by her career in dance, which afforded much travel throughout Europe, Canada and the Middle East. The careers overlapped in the early 1980's. While performing in the renowned Astor Restaurant in Washington DC, Thomas chanced to meet an artist named Alan Gramley who taught her to paint in the style of the old masters using transparent glazes in oil, from this point forward art became a focal point. While dancing nights, Thomas attended school by day and earned an Associates Degree in Fine Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1990 from Northern Virginia Community College. While in school, a "Project Study Tour," of Italy prompted Thomas to take up Watercolor as a primary medium which she used exclusively for fifteen years. Thomas retired from dance in 2001 and resides on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she continues her career in art.
Coming full circle with the onset in popularity of "Painting En Plein Air", Thomas returned to painting in oils. Her work reflects her love of dance, travel and local scenery.
Thomas is owner of Meadow Wood Gallery and Studio and a Partner in The Artists' Gallery, Chestertown, MD
Thomas is a juried member of the following organizations:
The Baltimore Watercolor Society
The Working Artists Forum Easton Maryland,(President 2006-2009)
The Washington Watercolor Association
Associate Member Oil Painters of America
Nancy R. Thomas Fine Art
Nancy is pictured here with Willem De Kooning, this photo was taken by Alan Gramley in about 1986.