Nancy MacLachlan

Nancy MacLachlin

As a child, Nancy loved drawing in her spare time and at school where the teachers made use of her emerging skills. Soft pastels were the medium she was taught to use there, but the only art instruction she received was informal. Fast forward through high school, college (nursing major), and forty-plus years of working as an RN, being a wife, and raising a family and Nancy found herself wondering if she could still draw.  Having had no formal art training, she studied drawing with Rob Michmerhuizen, a Gallery Uptown artist, and then when it was time to add color, another Gallery artist, Deb Bowen started her in oil, then progressed to Nancy’s chosen medium, soft pastel. Several workshops with nationally known pastel artists have brought new concepts and techniques to her creative process. Today, Nancy works exclusively in soft pastels, having joyfully (and surprisingly) rediscovered a long-neglected talent.

"Tucked Away," pastel, 8x10, $172

“Tucked Away,” pastel, 8×10, $172

“I paint primarily from photos taken during travels with my husband, Jim. Some favorite painting subjects are Michigan waterways, flora and fauna, and trees anywhere. As the family genealogist, trips to areas where ancestors have lived are especially evocative for me. Ireland is a never-ending source of mystery and beauty, not just because of the breath-taking scenery, but because of the people and stories I have been discovering in my genealogy work there. I feel a special connection to the country and feel transported as I paint a scene, meditating on my origins and family that went before. I hope the viewer shares the joy I feel as I paint, at long last!”

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Art memberships:

Grand Valley Artists, Great Lakes Pastel Society, Ottawa Shores Plein Air Artists

Juried exhibitions and awards:

2017 Great Lakes Pastel Society Members Exhibit at South Haven, MI
2016 Grand Rapids 47th Festival of the Arts Regional Arts Exhibition at UICA
2016 Gallery Uptown Winter Art Festival Exhibit
2015 Gallery Uptown Winter Art Festival Exhibit
2015 ‪Muskegon Museum of Art‬ 87th Regional Exhibition
2015 Grand Rapids 46th Festival of the Arts Regional Art Exhibition at UICA
2014 ‪Muskegon Museum of Art‬ 86th Regional Exhibition
2014 “Art in Our City” Invitational Exhibit Bettye Clark Canon Gallery, Muskegon
2013 LowellArts! 27th  Annual West Michigan Regional Art Competition
2013 Gallery Uptown Winter Art Festival Exhibit, AHC award