Nancy McLean is a visual artist who enjoys the creative energy that surrounds one when living on Cape Breton Island. Nancy is drawn to contrasts of light, texture and space, and uses fine detail to convey these elements in her original paintings. The subjects for her watercolours include garden moments, landscape and coastlines of Cape Breton, and shared glimpses from her travels to Italy and France.
Nancy grew up in Sydney NS, and received her BFA and BA in Art Education from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax NS. She taught visual art in many schools throughout Cape Breton and is a juried member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design and the Metal Arts Guilds of Nova Scotia.
Nancy is currently participating in the Art House Co-op’s Sketchbook Project, based at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York. Her sketchbooks, You’d be home by now…, Forks and Spoons and Seashore Sampler have traveled to various cities throughout the USA and Canada while a section from Seasons in My Garden was published in The Sketchbook Project Limited Edition in December 2012.
Over the years Nancy’s artwork has been exhibited in group shows in Cape Breton, Halifax, New York and Scotland and is in private collections throughout Canada and the United States. Here and There, her first solo show, was held at the Mainstreet Gallery, New Waterford Credit Union, New Waterford, NS, in the fall of 2012.
Last Updated on June 7, 2016