Nancy Neaher Maas
Nancy paints from her studios in Texas and northern Michigan, where she also paints outside with other artists. She exhibits in national watermedia shows, having become known for her collaged watercolor weavings, a technique she developed more than twenty years ago while living in upstate NY.
Art on display: year round at Contemporary Trends, Ithaca; Keller, Texas’ Elm St. Studio and in local juried exhibitions. In northern Michigan, at Round Lake Gallery, Circle of the Arts, Charlevoix, and Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey.
Memberships: Signature member, San Diego Watercolor Society, Taos Society of Watercolorists and Central New York State Society of Watercolorists ; member, Southwest Watercolor Association, Fort Worth, TX.
Awards: First prize for architectural landscape, CNYWS, 2008. People’s Choice Award, 2008, Community School, Ithaca. Juried into Taos national Exhibition 2008, Western Federation of Watercolorists 2009, San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition, 2009 and 2010, Arizona Watercolor Association national show, 2010, “Best of AWA” 2011. Chosen as official artist of the nationally known Ithaca Festival, 2009. Honorable mention 2013 and second place in watermedia 2015, Keller, TX annual art exhibition.
Articles: American Artist ( Dec 1998), Watercolor (Summer 1996, 2003) , Coastal Living (April 2005, Oct 2009), Traverse Magazine (August 2002),and Life in the Finger Lakes (Fall 2006).
As Juror: painting competitions in Ithaca and Florida.
Workshops:Ithaca, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, FL., Cazenovia, NY, Phoenix, AZ. See workshops for further information.
Other:“Painting Charlevoix and Beyond,” featured artist, Crooked Tree Center of the Arts, Petoskey, Michigan, 2014.
Nancy is also an art historian, specializing in the arts of Africa. She taught at the university level for many years, at Hunter College, New York City, Wayne State University, Detroit, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, SUNY Cortland College, Cortland, New York, and Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York. Education: Smith College (B.A.), Harvard University (M.A.T.) and Stanford University (M.A., Ph.D.).She continues to research and write about Nigerian metalwork, her specialty.
Art Education: Numerous workshops in the art of painting and watercolor, including ones by Peter Kahn, Tim Taylor, Charles Reid, Judy Betts, Virginia Cobey, Carla O’Connor and others.
International experience beginning as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, followed by extensive living, traveling and researching in sub-Saharan Africa. Subsequent travel to many parts of the world with her family continues, inspiring her art.
I am a watercolorist for life. Watercolor provides all the danger, surprise and excitement I could want from a painting medium. Together, pigment and water dominate the painting process as they roll across a paper surface at breakneck speed. We must act quickly to staunch this duo’s progress, attempting to carve purposeful images out of a uniquely fluid and animate essence. I love this challenge, for it requires constant dialogue. The medium and I impose our will on paper, hoping for a result that marries both our efforts.
Giving expression to movement and rhythm seems to be a logical consequence of this exchange. Whether it’s a watercolor weaving, a collage, or a traditional painting, I can’t resist the desire to visualize the energy implicit in a chosen subject.
Despite the fact that I exhibit frequently, what really motivates my art is the process itself. My studios are full of experimental work which the public never sees. Some of it is not worth seeing, to be honest, but much of it is a work in progress as I try to find the best means of expressing a chosen subject.
I love the contrast in environment between the forested world of northern Michigan and the dense urban-suburban character of north Texas. Having spent so much time in the former, it is a challenge to deal with the volumes and sharp angles of Texas’ populous landscapes. I am currently trying to find my way with this new imagery.