On Target

  • Oil on Ampersand 2″ Cradle Board
  • 48″ x 24″, diptych
  • In a private collection
  • 24″ x 12″ (image size) digital prints available for purchase – $395

Whenever I drive through Hannibal, Missouri, I like to take the time to savor some part of the place. If I’m lucky, it is time with a friend, but there are many pleasures including spectacular views of the Mississippi River and it’s eastern valley. On one occasion I was at the lighthouse when I noticed a sign inviting me into a neighboring artist’s studio. The woman was a weaver and with every shuttle thrust to weave the weft, she spoke the intention that the patron had requested. Many created works are full of intention. “On Target” was created as a representation of gratitude for life’s blessings and a visual representation of future goals. There’s power in visualizing our intentions and I appreciate the opportunity to create paintings around them.

The Circus

July 27, 2009

Acrobat and Clown Acrobats and Clown

After a night at the circus I returned to the studio and set a still life up on the circus poster. Besides playing around with objects, I decided to layer pictures. The black and white photos of a friend were in easy reach, so I added them. Turns out she has an aversion to clowns…ummmm??..”of all the gin joints.”

Your Luck Just Changed

July 19, 2009

Your luck just changed
Your Luck Just Changed

  • Lithograph
  • 11.5″ x 9″
  • Edition of 64, in private collections
  • Artist Proofs available
  • $10,000
  • Contact the artist.

“Your luck just changed” was produced at the Lawrence Lithography Workshop. It is a four color lithograph. Each color is drawn on a separate stone, then brought together in the printing process by master printer, Mike Sims. This piece is in the collection of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.

Coffee & Cards by Candlelight

Another painting using the flowered tapestry. The tapestry is more muted and there is greater value contrast than you see in Coffee and Biscotti.

Coffee and Biscotti

June 1, 2009

Coffee and Biscotti

  • Watercolor
  • 12″ x 36″
  • In the collection of CB/CW

This is the first of two watercolor still lifes that have a flowered tapestry as a background. This piece doesn’t have the strong light source that I use in many of my paintings. Color and pattern create the interest. Friendship is the theme.

To My Queen

May 3, 2009


To My Queen

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 24″ x 36″
  • In the collection of N/AM

Occasionally verses and poems are written by myself, family and friends, inspired by a particular painting. You are welcome to submit yours.

This poem is about a loving relationship and being imperfectly perfect.

To My Queen
True love is an energy
But there is nothing constant about it.
It ebbs and flows between two distinct individuals
Each doing their damnedest to provide what the other needs.
But who’s perfect?
So when Rob gave me T.R. Reed’s “Cleo & Abdul” sculpture
For our wedding anniversary
He signed it, “To My Queen
From your semi-obedient servant.”
He’s perfect.

by Nancy Marshall

Tribute Painting

April 26, 2009

Artists' Tribute

Artists' Tribute

  • 12″ x 16″
  • Oil on Canvas
  • In the collection of JC

In 1971 I painted a tribute to my then boyfriend, now husband, Rob, on his 24th birthday.  A number of my paintings since are tribute pieces, illustrating  memorable times, people, place and/or things.

In Artists’ Tribute I set up an “in the moment” still life, a kind of altar of tribute. Belle Johnson’s “Three Sisters” is in the foreground. She was a hometown photographer of my grandmother’s generation.  Georgia O’Keefe, Suzanne Valadon, Janet Fish, blues singers, all are paid tribute to in this oil on canvas. The blue bowl, pearls, cards, marbles, oranges and even stripes make an initial appearance in this painting.  This studio painting was done in the early 90s.

Question: Does anyone know whose work is the middle painting in the background?  Likely, late 19th century.