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High Energy Images with a Twist

Shea Stanfield~ 6/3/2015

The colors leap off the canvas catching your attention, imagined thundering of a stampeding wild horse heard is echoing through your space, with a quick glance around reveals nothing has been disturbed, what’s up? Is it possible to experience this kind of implied kinetic energy? Yes, you have just stepped into the realm of local artist Nancy Christy-Moore’s paintings, images that haunt your senses and challenge your concept of reality.

Nancy grew up in Iowa and Indiana, loving the creative process from a young age.  She majored in art at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri, going on to the American Academy of Art in Chicago and Art Center School in Los Angeles in their commercial art programs. Nancy ended up not pursuing a career in commercial art; instead she married, had a child, and didn’t return to her art roots until her late 30s.  This time, she made the decision to build her career in the area of fine art. Nancy started with watercolor, soon moving into the world of mixed media and abstract images, adding the excitement of texture, tangible shapes and eye-popping color to her canvases.

While living in Southern California and Kansas, Nancy exhibited her art with gallery representation and various art events in her community. Teaching painting and composition techniques gradually became part of Nancy’s artistic expression. She was soon offering adult education classes for the local community colleges and art centers where she lived, as an outlet for her own creativity, while encouraging others to develop their own creative expressions.

Today, Nancy works and teaches from her home studio in Surprise, Arizona.  Her high-energy vividly rendered “mixed water media” canvases create a bold statement.  She would tell you, “My paintings happen by creating chaos and bringing order to them is my trademark style.” Nancy uses intuitive painting techniques she calls her “inner painting,” drawing on her subconscious for ideas and imagery. She is a spontaneous painter, composing paintings as she goes, rather than planning ahead as she was taught. Her paintings are built by using a layering process encouraging spontaneity and emotional engagement. With the use of strong colors combined with energetic movement, she is able to express a strong and compelling story.  Nancy states, “I am always surprised by the images that evolve using this adventurous and somewhat less structured process.”

Over the years, Nancy has shown her work in over 20 solo exhibits, two of which were in Japan.  Her paintings have been recognized both nationally and internationally through numerous honors and awards.  Her Web site,, holds many of Nancy’s past and current images. She welcomes your inquiries on her workshops and demonstrations, which can be scheduled for your group by contacting her by e-mail at or by phone at (623) 487-4031. She is also open to private studio workshops and classes that will provide you with personal attention for your optimal learning curve and fit your time schedule. Visits to her Surprise studio are welcomed and encouraged for a glimpse of her work in progress and to enjoy finished pieces.

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