Tribal Affiliation: Non-Indigenous
Nancy Taylor Stonington was born and raised in Suffern, New York. She attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she graduated with honors in 1966. She was awarded an NDEA fellowship for graduate work in Physical Geography, and received her M.A. from the University of Colorado in 1969.
In 1971 Nancy moved to Sitka, Alaska, where she began painting full-time. It was here that she developed her love for the watercolor medium. For the next 30 years she traveled extensively throughout Alaska while maintaining a home and corporate base in Ketchum, Idaho. Early in her painting career, Nancy founded and directed the operation of five art galleries in Juneau, Anchorage, Ketchum, Sun Valley and Seattle. She began the galleries in the mid 1970's to showcase works of Northwest and Alaskan artists, as well as her own work. The Seattle Stonington Gallery (established in 1980), has become the nation's premier gallery for Northwest Coast art. In May of 2002, Nancy sold that gallery to allow her to paint full-time.
Since 1971, Nancy has produced and sold over 2,500 original watercolor paintings, 248 of which were made into limited and open edition offset lithograph reproductions. She has had over 100 one-woman shows internationally. In 1981, a retrospective collection of Stonington paintings was displayed at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. She has twice been a guest artist aboard the M.V. Lindblad Explorer: first traveling through the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, and then on a cruise from the southern tip of Argentina to explore the Antarctic Peninsula. Her original paintings and fiber murals are owned by over 100 corporations and institutions. In addition to original watercolor paintings and reproductions, Nancy also creates fiber murals based on her original watercolors, and has produced seven stone lithograph editions. The New York Graphic Society also currently publishes and distributes five open edition prints of her work.
She and her husband Chuck Beatie, a builder, now travel between Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Nancy continues to paint on location and from their studio/home on Vashon Island near Seattle, and their ranch in Sisters, Oregon. She is looking forward to a more relaxed schedule which will allow her to host watercolor workshops around the world, and enjoy the landscapes that have inspired her all these years. When time permits, she and Chuck enjoy working on their land, raising and planting trees, and tending their many animals, both wild and tame.
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