Portrait of James Rice, Oil, 18 x 24, by Nancy Lane

Capturing a Life in a Portrait Painting

Recently I was commissioned to do a portrait painting  of a man who passed away last year. His grieving family and wide circle of friends in the service organization he led had created a library to honor his contributions to the community. But lacking any good photos of the man, what to put on the
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A painting of a mustang herd running in the mountains

Could I recreate this? –Painting what I know, more than what I see

My recent painting commission of a mustang herd has a sweet backstory. Several months ago I received a note in the (snail)mail with a photocopy of an old painting. She asked, Could I duplicate this painting that she had loved from her childhood?  (–Her “greedy” brother had taken it after her parents passed away.) I
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Article in magazine about Nancy Lane July 2016

Article about my artistic career

A feature article about my artistic career as an illustrator and fine artist appears in the July/August 2016 issue of “Life In the Finger Lakes: a Magazine for People who love New York State’s Wine Region”. The author, Nancy McCarthy, did a fine job of encapsulating my entire career in the story! I love living
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oil portrait painting of young man with beard

Portrait painting of a young man

I began this portrait painting of my nephew David last year. During two sessions, he posed for 7 hours for a group of portrait painters I belong to called The Rochester Art Club. We gather every Thursday afternoon in a studio on the fourth floor of the Hungerford Building, an old converted factory in Rochester,
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Nancy Lane teaches drawing

Teaching kids in “Winter Art Lab”

Last week I had the pleasure to teach a four-day “Art Lab” during winter break. It was sponsored by Geneva Reads, the community’s literacy coalition. Each session focused on a book paired with an artistic technique. Afterward, the children were able to take home their new books as well as the art supplies we used
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Painting by Nancy Lane

Watercolor of a young girl

My friend Thea, age 12 when she modeled for this portrait, is always a delight for me to paint. She lives on a farm full of animals, so when I visit we spend time with  them. As a result, I have several paintings in progress of her and her animal friends. It’s a natural extension
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Down & dirty research

I’ve been engrossed all summer in a large illustration project for a major educational client. It’s an overhaul of story art for children learning to read at the K-2 levels, and so far I’ve finished 105 illustrations–with more to go! It’s fun for me because they feature farm animals. I’m lucky to live in the
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A Portrait Workshop with David Kassan

I spent last week in a state of constant excitement while taking a 5 day portrait painting workshop with David Jon Kassan. We spent a total of 15 hours painting from a live model: getting the drawing and values right, mixing oil paint to match the value and chroma, seeing more and more nuanced color
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Cover to The Rabbit Rescuers book

Recently published book: The Rabbit Rescuers

My first collaboration with a self-publishing author has culminated in a delightful book titled “The Rabbit Rescuers”. Author Cindy Howard of British Columbia is a school teacher as well as avid rabbit rescuer and advocate. In her story, children take it upon themselves to rescue pet rabbits who have been abandoned in a nearby park.
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Books illustrated by Eloise Wilkin

Beloved illustrator Eloise Wilkin lived in my town

Shortly after moving to Canandaigua, NY, I discovered that the charming stone house I pass on the way into town had been the home of Eloise Wilkin, one of my favorite illustrators. I was absolutely thrilled! It felt like a good omen for my art career. It was in this idyllic setting that she raised
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