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Nancy Tankersley and husband Carl were owners of the South Street Art Gallery in Easton, Maryland from 2004 until it's conversion to a guild in 2012 . In 2009, she co-founded the Easton Studio & School, where she serves as director and also teaches workshops and classes. She likes to paint both in the studio and en plein air. “I think it is important for contemporary artists to capture the land and the people as they are today. I do not try to romanticize or invent my subjects, but I do try to show the beauty of the ordinary. People engaged in their occupations, enjoying their leisure time by eating, shopping or just strolling down a street... all of these are ordinary subjects which can make extraordinary paintings. I try to paint from life as much as possible so that my work has the authenticity that comes from capturing a moment in time.”
In addition to exhibiting in many one-person shows in the past decade, in 2009, the artist was honored to be selected as one of two painters from the Eastern Shore to be part of a show titled “Making Art: Explorations in Process” at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD which included notable American artists from the 19th and 20th centuries and works borrowed from major museums including the National Gallery of Art and the Brandywine River Museum. In 2004, her painting “The Pink Scarf” was chosen as one of twelve to represent the 3000 member Art League of Alexandria during their 50 Year Anniversary Gala celebration. Also, in 2004, her work was published by International Artist Publishing in a book titled “How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint People”.
Tankersley is a member of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, a signature member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, the Salmagundi Club in NYC, the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. One of the primary founders of the highly sucessful Plein Air Easton! Competition and Arts Festival, she continues to advise other fledgling plein air competitions.. Frequently sought after as a jurist, Tankersley has helped to foster the growth of plein air painting in the Mid-Atlantic Region.