I recently had the absolute pleasure of meeting artist Nancy Sharpe in her beautiful studio which happens to be in a 100-year old barn on the property of her Connecticut home. She calls it Cider House Studio as it once was the place where the apples were processed from the surrounding orchards. Nancy gave everything a coat of white paint and the natural light floods in through the windows and even a skylight.
Nancy Paints in a 100-year old Barn filled with natural light
Nancy describes herself as an intuitive self-taught artist, only painting full time for the last year. She loves color, but some days can be found limiting herself to only three neutrals.
An artists special touch
When it comes to commission pieces, Nancy likes to get to know her clients before she paints. When she begins the painting on the canvas, she will paint the family members’ names, addresses, or something meaningful to the client. She photographs it and then begins painting over the names/words with the layers of paint. Only the artist and the client know that it’s there as she paints over it with layers and layers of paint. She sends a photo, so they have a keepsake of this stage of the painting. Isn’t that so cool!?
Artist Paint & supplies
A Vintage Wallpaper Table holds art supplies
The Dining Room featuring one of Nancy’s Paintings: Swedish Red II featuring the “folkloric” background
It’s evident that Nancy loves color!
We sat down in her kitchen over a cup of ginger tea and talked about the many places she has lived. She spoke of her favorite home, the second oldest home in Kent, England. It was featured in a magazine in 2013, which of course, I made her show me, and I couldn’t help but notice that a painting over a gorgeous free-standing bathtub looked familiar. Her signature style was beginning to take shape from that first painting. Nancy’s paintings leave you feeling happy. I loved seeing her home, studio and can’t wait to hang my new painting!