I was born and raised in Cecil County, graduated from Salisbury State, completed graduate studies at the University of Delaware while raising a family and teaching in Delaware. I moved back to Cecil County in 1990 as a teacher with an already established recognition in the art world. I work mostly in oil or watercolor, and I’ve recently experimented with acrylics. My subjects are many and varied.
Having access to an exclusive collection of valuable decots, I’ve been fortunate to have unique models for my many decoy paintings. I have a series of limited edition prints including these authentic primitive decoys and two special decoys from well known circa 1900’s carvers (Ward & Hudson) both of which are chronicled in the book, The Outlaw Gamer, on which any primitive shorebird rests.
I also paint landscapes, flowers portraits, and logos. I make greeting cards, customizing both the artwork and the poetry. When the occasion presents itself, I build and photograph snow sculptures.
It flashes just outside my conscious thought. I see it in colors and forms and hear it is restless water, music, and rain on a tin roof. I smell it in weather changes and in my garden. It speaks to me, choose words of my poetry and drives me to express it in paint. IT belongs to me and I to IT!
A time for renewal, a time to bloom
If winter didn’t take you then there’s still room
to find that SOMETHING however old,
however forgotten; forget what you’re told.
We each have a SOMETHING, a spark that’s still lit. So bloom
at your finest while you re-new IT
– Nan Furness 2013