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Artist Nancy Finnegan


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Biography


Nancy Finnegan is a natural born artist, showing a keen interest and ability since childhood. She attended the University of Illinois and later transferred to the American Academy of Art in Chicago, graduating in 1988.
The artist primarily creates representational art, from figures to still lifes. She focuses on drawing, as she understands this skill is paramount to creating great art. The majority of her works are expressive charcoal drawings, although she is equally talented in creating oil paintings and watercolors.
As a student of the masters, whether through books or museum visits, continuous study and learning remain the cornerstone of her progress as an artist. Some of the most important artists that have influenced her work are Michelangelo Caravaggio, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent, to name but a few.
After a break of many years to care for her wonderful family, she has recently commenced her art career. The artist already has over 1,000 followers on Instagram, and her work was selected for inclusion in both the 2019 and 2020 “Best and Brightest,” exhibit at Scottsdale Artists School. She was awarded First Place Drawing for 2020 in that show.
Nancy enthusiastically looks forward to developing her art using the time-honored traditions of study and practice.
 
ARTIST STATEMENT

“My ambition is to capture the soul and essence of each figure that I create. To bring out their expression by looking beyond what is real, and to reveal what is hidden.”

I enjoy representational art, particularly the figure, and creating art that people can understand and relate to. But then I Iet myself go, elevating the mood of the piece and adding texture through the layering of abstract strokes. Eventually, the figure emerges from the surface. It is whole, it speaks, and it is done.
Some artists shy away from the eyes in their portraiture. I revel in them. [...]

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