Description 'Loggerhead Sea Journey' is forth in my series of multiple paneled paintings inspired by the beauty of our underwater world. In this series baby loggerhead turtles enter the sea in great numbers to join their relatives.The inspiration for the painting came from a trip to the Loggerhead Marine Life Center of Juno Beach where I photographed rescued loggerhead turtles waiting to be released into the wild. I wanted to show the baby sea turtles from another prospective. They are almost always shown heading toward the water on the beach. The adults act as a focal point for each of the three paintings. If you do not look carefully at the paintings you might mistake the babies for fish.'Loggerhead Sea Journey' is a triptych of the baby loggerheads joining their relatives in the sea. What I like most about this painting is the concept of hope. The Loggerhead turtles are endangered. In this painting, they are happy, almost smiling, and pictured in great numbers. Perhaps, one day, there will be a way to save our ocean's treasures.My painting (the first panel) was chosen as a finalist for TurtleFest 2009 Poster Contest in Jupiter, Florida.Each original panel is 36' wide x 48' tall. The entire series measures about 9 feet long.
Nancy Tilles, Palm Beach Gardens Member Since April 2010 Artist Statement Nancy Tilles is an award winning fine artist and portraitist. She is known for her beautiful representational paintings of living things. Her oil paintings have been compared to photographs in their attention to detail and enhanced accuracy of color but they are not photographic at all. Instead, they could be called a kind of painterly realism. Her portraits of people and animals are rich in color and each painting tells a story about the subject's life.
Nancy's work has been commissioned publicly and privately numerous times. Her underwater series entitled "Sea eScape" was purchased by the City of Sunny Isles in Miami Beach. Other publicly commissioned work includes The Wild Things by The Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County and The Bus Bench project by The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Center.
Exhibits of Nancy's work have appeared several times at PB International Airport and in the Village of Wellington's Art in Public Places. She ha displayed her paintings at many festivals and shows including Artigras, Sunfest, Wellington Art Festival and Jupiter Art Fest by the Sea, to name a few. Her work has been published multiple times and her painting "Sheer Determination" was chosen as the cover of "Palms West Almanac" Magazine 2004. She is presently licensing many of her images to be used on various products.
Having earned her BFA from the University of Miami in 1977, she has since taken workshops with renowned artists, including Phillip Pearlstein, Nelson Shanks and Laurie Snow Hein.
The River of Grass Artists' Retreat, located in Palm Beach Gardens, is Nancy's new home/studio where she is working on commissions and offering classes and workshops to adults looking for a special place to be creative in a beautiful and natural setting.