Adare Thatch © Nancie King Mertz
Bio: Nancie King Mertz was born and raised in Central Illinois, where she began painting and selling her work in her early teens. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois, where she was a James Scholar, and also where she met her husband, Ron. They settled in Central Illinois and Nancie pursued a Masters Program in Painting at Eastern Illinois University where she taught for 3 years. She conducts destination workshops and local demos, and serves as a juror for shows in the Midwest.
In 2011 she was an Artist-In-Residence for the National Park System and in 2014 she was named a Master Pastellist in 3 international pastel organizations: Pastel Society of America, Chicago Pastel Society and International Association of Pastel Societies. Other memberships include the Degas Pastel Society, Salmagundi Club, Oil Painters of America, and the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.
The February 2015 issue of the Pastel Journal featured an article on her work, and put her on the cover. Several magazines have chosen her paintings as "best-of" over the years. She was twice named Artist of the Year by the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, and her work is featured on many Chicago-based television shows including The Good Wife and Chicago Fire.
While in graduate school, Nancie began a gallery/framing company which she has continued to operate after re-locating to Chicago in 1987. Her husband joined her in the business in 2000.
Medium: Pastel, oil
Subject: Nancie’s work varies in theme from urban to landscape, figurative to interior, much of it painted on-site.
Style: Nancie’s oils and pastels are Impressionistic in style, with 60% of her work created en plein air. She paints approximately 100 pieces annually and has traveled to over 20 countries.
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Gallery: Nancie’s gallery is classified by geographic location in the main. I chose Ireland for obvious reasons.
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