Nancy Rhodes Harper
Nancy Rhodes Harper grew up in a small town in the Ozark Mountains. Surrounded by paint and brushes in her father's sign shop, she started painting at a very early age. Continuing to study in school, Nancy received a BA degree in Art Education from the University of Central Arkansas. After marriage, and completion of Nancy's husband's Phd. from Auburn graduate school, the couple landed in Huntsville, Alabama. Nancy continued to paint and grow as an artist while working in interior design, sign painting and freelancing as an artist. After raising a son, with the support of her husband and family, Nancy decided to pursue painting full time.
"My love of portraying people while they go about their daily lives and capturing a small moment in time is what keeps me excited as an artist. Using bold color, lush, descriptive brushstrokes, and very often, whimsy, I set about doing what I love, painting everyday! I have started painting exclusively what I call my "ladies". Inspired by my studies with Milt Kobayashi, I create whimsical women in everyday settings with exaggerated features such as elongated hands, arms, unusual faces and long lean bodies with a lot of wonderful color."