Nancy Russell Nadzo works primarily in oils but she is equally skilled in a variety of other media, including watercolors, etchings, and pen-and-ink drawing. And all of her work, regardless of medium, equally reflects the intimate, sensitive, and mystical nature of this fine artist. She is perhaps especially well-known and respected for her skyscapes. Indeed, among the many who admire her paintings, she is known affectionately as “the cloud lady” because of her uncanny ability to capture with precision and fidelity the myriad colors, changing light, and near endless expanse of Maine’s skies. And at the other side of the globe, she paints just as brilliantly the warm colors and gentle shapes of Hawaii, where she grew up. Many of her canvases have been selected not only by private collectors worldwide, but for permanent display in public buildings throughout Maine.
Before moving to Maine in the mid-1970s, Nancy lived and painted in Honolulu, Washington, DC, New York City, and in Italy and Iceland.
She is a graduate of Punahou School and Skidmore College, and has pursued studies in art at Columbia University, the Maryland School of Art and Design, the Corcoran Gallery School, and Iceland’s National School of Art. Her introduction to her craft was at an early age under the tutelage of her late grandmother, Hawaii’s noted artist Shirley Russell.
She has appeared in a number of group exhibits and one-woman shows, including a presentation of her paintings sponsored by the United States Information Service. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programs, including an interview by the US Government’s Voice of America. Her “Cloudburst” was selected in 1974 by the Art in Embassies program.