NANCY TANKERSLEY CONTEMPORARY IMPRESSIONIST
Despite a lifetime of moving around the United States as part of a military family, I have always regarded the coastal areas of Maryland and Virginia as home, and that is where I have lived for the past 25 years. In July 2004. my husband, Carl, and I became the owners of the South Street Art Galleryin Easton, Maryland where I have a studio on the second floor. My love of the Chesapeake Bay area is evident in many of my landscapes and I enjoy painting en plein air as often as possible.
Starting my artistic career as a portrait painter, I still enjoy painting occasional portraits.However, in 1997 I began combining my interest in the figure with that of the landscape, resulting in a series of figurative beach paintings that has gained recognition and acceptance in galleries coast to coast. Recently I have been concentrating on “contemporary life”, concentrating on bistro and kitchen scenes.
As a co-founder of the Easton Studio & School in July 2009, I now teach weekly classes and several weekend workshops a year.
I am a member of the 100 year old Washington Society of Landscape Painters, the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, and the Salmagundi Club in NYC. In 2004, I was one of the primary organizers of the first annual Easton Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival and served as the Competition Chairperson in 2005 and 2006.
Miami University, Fine Art 1967-69
U. of Calif., Santa Cruz B.A. 1975
Numerous workshops with various artists including Ken Auster, Carolyn Anderson, Kim English, Quang Ho and Louis Escobedo.
2011 – The American Impressionist Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel, CA
2011 – Jane Shannanhan Offutt Memorial Award, Excellence in Painting in the Realist Tradition, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD.
2010 – Finalist, Fine Art Studios Bold Brush on-line competition
2010 – Vasari Award for Excellence in Oils, Plein Air-Easton! Quick Draw Competition
2010 – Honorable Mention, Wayne Plein Air Festival
2009 – A. Brittain Banghart Award for Excellence in Painting the Figure, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
2008 – Best in Show and First Place in Professional Category, Chesapeake College Open Competition, Wye Mills, MD.
2007- A. Brittain Banghart Award, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
2006- June Artist’s Choice Award, for painting River Bend Paint-out, Great Falls, VA
2006-March Directors Award, First Place. Art League, Alexandria, Virginia
2005 -October, Award of Merit, Urban Landscapes, Art League, Alexandri
2005 – July, Equal Award, Art league, Alexandria, VA
2005 – Finalist, Raymar National Art Competition
2004 – Kirstein Award, Best in Show, Art League
2000 – First Place, Patrons Show, Art League, Alexandria, VA.
July 2012 – Top Regional Painters Group Show, Still Life Gallery, Ellicott City, MD
October 2009 and 2010- Sedona Plein Air
July 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Plein Air! Easton
April 2008 and 2010 Wayne Plein Air
April 2009, Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX
April 3 – 30, 2009 Spring Exhibition: Invitational Group exhibit at the Diliberto Gallery, Baltimore, MD
February 2009 – The Artistic Process, curated museum exhibit, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD.
Sept. 2008 – Plein Air to Studio, solo exhibit, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata
June 2008 – The Long View, selected members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia
2008 –Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery
2008 –Ladew Topiary Gardens and Museum Fundraiser. Baltimore, MD
2007 – Biggs Museum of American Art, juried landscape exhibit, Dover, DEL
2006 – People and Places, Solo Exhibit, Carmen’s Gallery, Solomons, MD
2006- Plein Air Painting: A Shared Experience – three artist show at the Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
2011 – Easels in Fredrick Awards Judge
2010 – Dueling Brushes Event,Awards Judge, Paint Annapolis
2010 – Maryland Federation of Art, January members show
2009 – Maryland Mountains Plein Air Jurist and Awards Judge, Cumberland, MD
2008 – Out and About, Plein Air Competition, Awards Judge,Norfolk, VA
2007 – National League of American Pen Women, Gaithersburg, MD
2007 – Maryland Pastel Society, Rockville, MD
2007-2008 – Gunpowder Falls Plein Air Competition, Monkton, MD
2006 – Chesapeake College Open Competition, Wye Mills, MD