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Nancy worked as a graphic designer for many years after graduating from North Carolina State's School of Design. Now a full-time painter, she remains influenced by the eye-opening, multifaceted education she received at NCSU which included classes in figure drawing, photography and art history. A lifetime of creative explorations, her design career, workshops and self-instruction also shape Nancy as a artist. But foremost, a love of the natural world — its beauty and fragility — inspires her to create her paintings.

Reflected in Nancy's art is the coastal environment of southeastern North Carolina, where she grew up and visits often. She enjoys painting from memory, observation and imagination — not always relying on photographs. Working in oils, Nancy explores color and light, shapes and forms, to create a contemporary landscape in her own style. And though derived from familiar places, her scenes are usually not of a specific location. Instead she seeks to capture a bold yet quiet impression of everyday nature — as the colors of sky, earth and water converge on the horizon. 

Nancy's work is exhibited at Little Art Gallery in Raleigh’s Cameron Village,  Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC and All About Art on Bald Head Island. In addition, her work is featured online with UGallery, Crate and Barrel and Saatchi Art. She is a member of Raleigh’s ArtSpace and donates her art to their annual Gala fundraiser. Other groups who have benefitted from her painting donations include Visual Art Exchange, Project Coming Home, Habitat for Humanity-Orange County, The North Carolina Museum of Art, Wake County SPCA, NCSU Vet School, Cary Academy, Hospice of Wake County, Durham Art Guild, Prevent Child Abuse NC and the NC Children’s Hospital.

Nancy Hughes Miller