Artist Statement & Contact

Nancy Priest


I love workinNancy Priestg experimentally, using as many varieties of media and techniques as possible, from gel transfers, to collage, to textural acrylic painting.  I frequently paint as if I am making a collage-combining disparate images.  For example, one of my favorite paintings combined birds made  out of hardware with background images of 17th century dandies.  My first career was as a director and teacher of theater. That love has influenced my painting.  I am drawn to subjects that are mysterious or evocative: Russian icons, Egyptian wall paintings, and Incan masks. The resulting paintings are sometimes more representational, and sometimes more abstract.

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Art Education:

Studied with Gerald Brommer, Jackie MacFarland, Carl Dalio, Carla O’Connor, Betsy Dillard Stroud, Frank Francese, George James, John Salminenen.


  • Taught High School Theater 33 years
  • Directed and designed 133 productions
  • Taught art at the Foothills Art Center in Golden Co., Heritage Art Club in Littleton Co. and Park Hill Art Club in Denver Co.

Awards and Exhibits:

Member of Colorado Watercolor Society

  • Kansas 8-2005-Honorable Mention
  • Colorado Watercolor Society State Show: 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
  • Gateway To The Rockies: 2008, First Place
  • Taos National Exhibition of American Watercolors: 2008
  • Colorado Watercolor Society New Trends: 2008, 2009
  • John Lennon “Imagination” Award: 2009
  • Colorado Watercolor Society New Trends: 2010, First Place
  • Western Federation Watercolor Society: 2011, Honorable Mention
  • Roxborough Summer Arts Festival: 2012, First Place
  • Colorado Watercolor Society New Trends: 2012, Best of Show
  • Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition: 2013
  • Western Federation Watercolor Society: 2013, Award of Excellence
  • Arvada Fine Arts Guild Exhibition: 2013, Second Place
  • International Society of Experimental Artists Exhibition: 2014
  • Colorado State Watercolor Society Exhibition: 2016, Second Place
  • Gilpin Arts Annual Exhibition: 2017, Best in Show


  • Watercolor Magic August 2003 and February 2007
  • Watercolor Artist Magazine: February 2013
  • Acrylic Works 2 – North Light