|Spring Dance by Nancy Guzik, 12 x 20, oil painting.|
Nancy Guzik: Weekend With the Masters Instructor
Throughout her career in art, Nancy Guzik has been quietly perfecting not only her skills but also the focus of her work. The result on the surface of her oil paintings is an engaging warmth and honesty of expression.
Her underlying themes are always faith, trust, and love, and Guzik has committed her life and her art to revealing how extraordinary the most ordinary things are. Guzik's entrance into the world of art occurred very early in her life, and her talent was first put to the test while working professionally as an animator creating fairy tales for several award-winning films.
Soon after she began studying at The American Academy of Art, in Chicago, and The Lyme Academy of Fine Art, in Old Lyme, Connecticut. However, it was her close association with master painter Richard Schmid as her mentor at the Palette & Chisel Academy, in Chicago, that brought her painting to its full potential.
Guzik and Schmid married in April of 1998. During Guzik's painting career, she has been recognized with many awards, including the Award of Excellence by the Women Artists of the West, the Grand Prize from International Artist Magazine, three Gold Medals from the Palette & Chisel Academy, and First Prize from the Midwest Pastel Society. Guzik's work has also been celebrated in such major art publications as American Artist, International Artist, Art of the West, Art Talk, and Southwest Art.
The artistic masters she most reveres include Ilya Repin, John Singer Sargent, Valentin Serov, Anders Zorn, Antonio Mancini, Emile Friant, Abbott Thayer, Cecilia Beaux, and Joaquin Sorolla. One of her favorite quotes is by Albert Einstein: "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity." As one of the directors of the Putney Painters of Vermont, Nancy has also helped transform the careers of many aspiring painters.
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