Nancy Thomas

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Nancy Thomas

Painter-oils, watercolors and clay prints

Phone: (410) 820-1133 / (410) 310-5219

Fax: (410) 820-1103




"Painting is like dancing, it requires timing and rhythm" according to artist, Nancy R. Thomas. Having always had a love for art, Thomas began taking classes in the early 1970's at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia and The Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D. C. However, after a few years, art was temporarily pushed to the back burner in order to follow another dream, that of becoming a dancer. Thomas spent much of her time and energy on a career in Middle Eastern Dance which afforded her the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world (especially the Middle East) and to perform in many clubs and embassies in the Washington, D. C. area as well as Canada, England and Greece.

In the early 1980's while performing at the once renowned Astor Restaurant in Washington, Thomas chanced to meet two professional artists, Alan Gramley, a local Washington painter and Robert Chapman, a New York artist who was personal assistant to Willem De Kooning. Through this association, Nancy began to paint again. She painted diligently with Gramley and learned the old master technique of oil painting with transparent glazes. She also had the opportunity to meet and visit the studios of both Willem and Elaine De Kooning, a thrill never to be forgotten.

While stlll performing nights, Thomas attended school by day and earned an Associates Degree in Fine Art, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1990 from NVCC. While in school, a "Project Study Tour" of Italy prompted Thomas to take up Watercolor as a more portable form of painting. The next fifteen years were devoted exclusively to that medium. Upon moving to the Eastern Shore in 1994 Thomas continued studying watercolor with local artist Jean Ranney Smith. After a 26 year career in dance, Thomas retired in 2001. Her painting has come full circle and oil painting "en plein air" is her biggest interest now. Thomas also enjoys the art of Mono Clay Printing. She has studied this method with Mitch Lyons, the creator of the technique. Her works reflect her love of dance, travel and local scenery. Thomas is a juried member of The Baltimore Watercolor Society, The Washington Watercolor Association and The Working Artist Forum of Easton.

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