Nancy Teague grew up in western Nebraska. Her youthful years included horseback riding, fishing, hiking in nearby bluffs, ice skating, piano, flute, art, Exchange Student to Australia, student government, working in her mom’s bookstore, and helping clean her dad’s law office. Her two brothers, a sister, and Spotty the dog made for many memorable interactions.Teague graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.F.A. in Education. Upon graduation she became employed in the Lincoln Public Schools as a Junior High Art teacher. She loved her students. After three years of teaching, Teague began her art career in painting. Her husband, family, friends, and faith are keys in her life. The icing on the cake would be her seven delightful grandchildren.For several decades Teague painted realism, focusing on the effects of natural light on close up perspectives of ordinary, often discarded, objects. Later in her career she shifted to abstracts due to a deeper understanding of life and eternal purpose that released a well spring of joy which spilled over onto her canvas.
My work is rooted in the reflections and connections that happen in our relationships, our actions, and our desires. These reflections and connections come from our true identity and origin.
The spontaneity of life, the joy, the sensitivity, the playfulness, the hope, the fullness are springboards for my abstract expressions.
My color palette is planned to some degree, but the beginnings of my work leap from the unknown. With risk, enthusiasm, and uninhibited creative movements like a child, I start. What a piece will ultimately look like is an unknown adventure and that adds to the fun of my abstracts. As a sense of lively order and direction arise this makes way for occasional intentional strokes that help complete the painting. My additional delight is the use of complementary colors – I love the punch and happy surprise they release.
Such fullness of life we were made for and from! This abundance I have encountered and want to visually express. If the viewer is uplifted in one way or another, then a small touch of fullness has happened. In this I am thankful.
My Abstracts generally fall into one of three groupings – Adventuresome Abstracts, Restful Abstracts, or Relational Abstracts.