All images © 2012 Spaulding Studio

To have been born into a family where books, paper, crayons, pens, paints and brushes were in great supply was my great good fortune. The chaos of projects all about in our rambling old Vermont farmhouse with its glorious lack of pretense seemed the perfect norm to grow up in. Roaming the hills, woods, pastures, and ponds gave me a deep love for the natural world that has followed me throughout my life.

Thus I have been drawing since I was a small child and I have never really stopped relating to my experiences in the world through drawing and painting.

At times playful, at times pensive or reflective, my work is alway a song of appreciation for the things I have seen and loved during my everyday life. For me, making art seems to be a good counterbalance to the transitory nature of life.

Seeking new perspectives, images that involve space and time and the interaction of near and far fascinate me as I work. I like edges that are defined and then not so clear. Living on an island has suited my artistic temperament. Edges are defined by geography and redefined by imagination.

Resume and Accomplishments -

- Nancy and her husband Lewis have traveled to juried art shows through out the American West with their art including Bellevue, Kings Mountain SunValley Boise, Phoenix ,Tucson and Billings.

- Nancy has served in the past as a juror for two Washington shows, Bellevue Festival of the Arts and Tidefest in Gig Harbor. She is a founding member of the San Juan Island Artist’s Studio Tour, a popular annual island event begun in 1991.

- She is pleased that one of her serigraphs Another Solstice Celebrated has been used over the years as the logo for San Juan Preservation Trust.

- The pastel The Irrepressible Joy of Living In Air was accepted in to San Juan Islands Musuem of Art show Green on the Edge 2010

- Nancy’s serigraph Curve of Kayaks was on the cover of Sea Kayaker Magazine 1997


Her art has been used for the following book covers:

- The Accidental Hermit by Noel Murchie 2001

- False Harbor by Michael Donnelly 2006

Nancy was delighted to provide cover art and the illustrations for island naturalist Susan Vernon with whom she has shared many adventures.

- Rainshadow World by Susan Vernon 2011

Her work has been collected privately far and wide and she is in the following public places:

- Whatcom Museum of Art

- San Juan Public Library

- Peace Health Hospital, San Juan Island

Nancy's work is represented in the following places -

- Chuckanut Bay Gallery, Bellingham, Washington

- Artist’s Remarque, La Conner Washington

- Island Studios, Friday Harbor Washington

- The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor Washington

- Griffin Bay Bookstore, Friday Harbor Washington

and Spaulding Studio on San Juan island is at times open to the public

A recent interview with Nancy can be found on