October 19, 2011

Jack & Carson

  • Oil on Masonite Panel
  • 30″ x 30″
  • In private collection

Two brothers, four and six, sit among their favorite toys, sports teams and pictures of their grandparents, cousins, and dog.

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.”


Passages on the Mississippi River

  • Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
  • 48″ x 24″,  diptych
  • $7900
  • Limited Edition Giclée Print on archival paper, 24″ x 12″ image size – $395,  plus shipping
  • Contact the artist.

I grew up not far from the Mississippi River. It’s an awesome river, beautiful, powerful and dangerous. The Mississippi continues to be heavily used, abused by some, and for me, a symbol of adventure and freedom.

The photos in the still life represent generational passages. They are of myself and one of my sisters, our grandmother and our grandchildren. We’re all in front of the same viewpoint found in Riverview Park in Hannibal, MO.

There is a fish fossil being uncovered in the foreground near the turkey feathers. A variety of insects are in the still life mix and the male red winged blackbird courts the female while an eagle soars overhead through voyaging clouds. The full moon rises in the east.

Winds of Time

June 1, 2009

Winds of Time

This painting is about memories of a life lived with tragedy, love, loss, joy, art, birth, death, friendship; all events that happen during our lifetimes.  And then there’s NOW.  Once, I met a man who wore a watch that didn’t give a time, it only said “NOW.” The photos represent events of the past, while the still life images brings you back to the present.

And then there’s you viewing this image right NOW. It’s worth examining how we experience the moment consciously and unconsciously.

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

Twenty years ago

April 22, 2009

1989 The first of a series


  • 24″ x 36″
  • Oil on Canvas
  • In the collection of M/CP
  • Posters – $25,  Note cards – $15

Twenty years ago I’d finished another degree, this time in painting, and to qualify for scholarship dollars, I enrolled in a directed studies class with the painter, Lisamarie Rousseau. I am so thankful that she persevered in her efforts to help me become a better painter. We’ve reconnected but more about that in a later post. Romance began an exploration of relationships as a subject matter, atmosphere and the lushness of oil paint. It was chosen by the Bert Nash Mental Health organization as a fundraising project in 1995. Posters and notecards are available through the Bert Nash Center or Contact the artist..