Nan is a paper clay artist, a craft she learned while living abroad in Japan. Her style reflects her strong Southern roots, love for children and the beauty and joy she finds in every day life.
Nan’s love affair with art began when she was a toddler, as her mother’s old college textbooks, now “enhanced” with her bright Crayola drawings, will prove. “I even remember when I got my first box of 64 Crayons with the built in sharpener…..oh the possibilities!” mused Nan when asked how she got started in art.
Nan went on to study art in both formal and informal settings; from college pottery and sculpting classes to Japanese sculpting classes at a small local community center in coastal Japan. It was while she was in Japan that she learned to use paper clay. “Paper clay is a great medium for relief sculptures because it is so light-weight, enjoys various types of paint, and it air dries,” says Nan.
What Inspires Her
When asked where her inspiration comes from, Nan replied “My inspiration for creating almost always comes from nature and children…two things that always show me God’s mighty hand, amazing grace, and possibilities all wrapped in color and FUN!!! I treasure the evenings when I can sit on the beach and watch the children giggling as they run up and down the sandy shoreline; drinking in the colors of the ocean against the evening sky. For me, it’s like getting a massive hug from God!!!”
Nan hopes that her art appropriately expresses her love and thankfulness for her amazing life. “My hope is that people who purchase my work will just walk by it from time to time and smile…even during their most difficult days.”
Where To Find Nan
Nan can be found as a Featured Seller on LinxWest.com. Her pieces are part of the featured items rotating display on the home page and can also be found under the category “sculpture.” You can contact Nan to place a custom order on our site or at facebook.com/southernjoyartworks.
Nan’s creations are charming and whimsical and will sure bring a smile to everyone who sees them. We are thrilled to have Nan and her amazing work of art as our August Featured Artist on LinxWest.com. We are absolutely sure you’ll be touched by her colorful clay dolls and love them as much as we do! Stop by LinxWest.com http://linxwest.com/items/98/folk-art and grab yours now.