Nancy Hannans, Alexandria, VA Member Since August 2011 Artist Statement Through my art, I strive to celebrate our common human experiences, our connections to the natural world and the wonder and awe of creation. I want my paintings to provide a refuge for reflection.
Myths, folktales, proverbs, sacred texts and art from many cultures, as well as my personal experiences, inspire me. I use symbolism from different cultures and nature because of its power to communicate universal meaning, transcending the barriers of language.
The women in my paintings embody the beauty of the feminine spirit. They are symbols of wisdom, strength, honesty, courage and perseverance. These women are universal figures, representing all cultures and races.
I have always been drawn to early Christian art. I like its simplicity, directness, dynamic lines and beautiful shapes. I am also influenced by the beauty of African, South American, Asian, Indian and Native American art with their powerful connections to the natural world.