Nancy Lane has painted the people, animals, and landscapes of her upstate NY home for more than 40 years. Watercolor has always been her first love, but oil paint is a close second. She works from life whenever possible to understand how light and shadow suggest emotion.
A Webster native and longtime resident of Canandaigua, Lane has been involved in art all her life. For 30 years she was an illustrator of award-winning picture books that celebrate the human-animal bond, culminating with her final book, “A Warbler’s Journey”, which won the Riverby Award in 2023. Now she focusses on painting the landscape as well as human and animal portraiture. Her illustration skills of realistic drawing and using color and value to create mood continue to serve her well.
A popular instructor, Nancy teaches watercolor, drawing, plein air, and occasionally other art subjects. Her cheerful teaching style encourages students to enjoy the process and embrace knowledge gained from mistakes.
She is a Signature Member of American Women Artists, Rochester Art Club, and Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters, and a member of Penn Yan Art Guild. Her work has won numerous awards, most recently Outstanding Watercolor in the BoldBrush International Painting Competition, and Finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s 2019 and 2020 Member Competitions.
“Painting outdoors hones my skills in depicting fleeting moods of light and atmosphere. Nature’s subtle, transcendent beauty inspires my work with its suggestion of powers beyond us. I hope my art inspires viewers to seek a closer relationship with the natural world and its gifts of wonder and rejuvenation.”