Nancy Ness is an acrylic and oil painter specializing in non-objective art. Ness creates colorful and often large-scale pieces that can be found in the homes of collectors and in commercial buildings all over North Dakota. She is a former makeup artist and hairstylist who took a step back from the cosmetology industry several years ago to pursue her lifelong passion in art. Ness has been a premier member of Gallery 4 since 2018 and enjoys the community found within the gallery. She is an active member of Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists, The Art's Partnership, the Red River Watercolor Society and serves on the Art Committee for EPIC Events in West Fargo.
Growing up in North Dakota and spending summers in Minnesota, there has been no shortage of natural beauty to inspire me. I like to pull color inspiration from our beautiful sunsets and my perennial garden. The work displayed at The Spirit Room is part of a collection titled, “Bloom." The work features colorful, large scale pieces composed mainly of acrylic paints and metal powders which I find create an ethereal quality.
I am a Midwest based Encaustic artist, using abstracted imagery and clear, bright colors to create my artwork. My work is created with one of the oldest mediums still in use today called Encaustic - which is made of beeswax, damar resin and pigment. As a visual person, I’m always trying to capture those little moments that call my attention to the urge of creating art and design, to see what evolves from the inspiration to create my artwork. I began working as a photographer with Encaustic to work with my photography, but when I started using this medium, I was enticed by the process. I have told many that it is like being a painter and sculptor at the same time. Although this medium has been around for ages, not many know about it. But when they see Encaustic work, they are amazed by the translucency of the pieces and the depth of the layers.