Watercolors by Nancy Emond



Burnett Gallery, Jones Library (43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002, Amherst MA)

Nancy Emond is a local watercolor painter and instructor. Although art has been a touch point throughout her life, her career in social justice work left little time for it, so after retirement, she is able to devote more time to it. She has shown, taught and donated her work to many nonprofit fundraising efforts. Nancy particularly loves instructing watercolor classes and private lessons. She has received local Cultural Counsel grants for instructing plein air classes. Most recently students painted some of Leverett's historical buildings to be presented as an exhibit for the Town's 250th founding anniversary. She says, plein air painting is liberating because you need to streamline your materials so you don't need to carry such a heavy load. "I love watercolor because it has a life of it's own in its unpredictable fluid movement. It can sometimes be frustrating but usually creates it's own magic mingling on paper in surprising ways." The natural world is her primary focus. Her goal when teaching is to have people love what they do and to feel they've achieved something at the end of each class by combining technique and principles. Pet portraits and home portraits are painted by commission