There is a theatrical aspect to my paintings, a spotlight that captures a luminous moment. The focus of my work, be it animals or intriguing objects, is to create visual poems that tell a deeper story.
I am particularly curious about the nature of the soul, and moved by the vulnerability of the natural world. I am captivated by the common thread that connects humans, animals, all of nature- in ways that too often elude us.
The moment captured in the soft grain of vintage photographs also intrigues me, particularly the complex untold story. Painting from these photographs and juxtaposing them with portraits of animals, speak to the sacred nature, story and mystery they both share. My intent is to speak to their individuality, the odd nature of the world, and the narratives that unfold.
Born in Baltimore, Nancy Taliaferro studied classical painting techniques from an early age at The Shuler School of Fine Art. She continued her studies at the Maryland Institute of Art, and received her BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art. Santa Barbara has been her home for 35 years.
Nancy’s work juxtaposes elements of nature and humanity in surrealistic and eye opening combinations. Her paintings are rife with contrasts that summon soulful connections and harmonies amongst all of creation.