Local Painter, Nancy Tankersley – The 2019 Featured Artist

The Waterfowl Festival is pleased to announce the selection of painter Nancy Tankersley as its Featured Artist for the 2019 Festival! Tankersley, a 15 year resident of Easton, has been an exhibitor at the Festival since 2015 and welcomes the opportunity to be part of what makes her town so special.

“As a resident of Easton, I’m privileged to see the excitement build as our little town is transformed into the site of a major art and conservation festival,” she said. “The enthusiasm of the crowds, the local businesses, and the volunteers make the months of preparation and labor well worth the effort. The fact that this festival is in its 49th year is a testament to the vision of its founders, the support of the local community, and the wisdom and hard work of the people that keep it going year after year!”
It’s been a busy few years for Tankersley who was invited to participate in the annual Masters Exhibit at the Salmagundi Club in NYC in both 2017 and 2018. Last year she also became a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and participated in their juried exhibit in Charleston in November.

“We are so excited to be working with Nancy this year,” commented Kevin Greaney, Waterfowl Festival Board President. “She is an amazing artist and a valued member of the arts community in Easton. Nancy is someone who understands the value of the organization and its mission to support conservation efforts on the Shore. We couldn’t be happier to have such a local treasure as our 2019 Featured Artist.”

Tankersley began her career as a portraitist in 1983 but entered the gallery scene with figurative paintings of people at work and at leisure. Currently her creations move between landscape, figures and still life. Incorporating non-traditional tools, supports and technologies for her paintings she remains faithful to her impressionistic style.

Featured Art Piece “Podgin’ for Oysters”

“In the years I have lived on the Eastern Shore my interest in painting figures at work has extended to images of our working watermen,” Tankersley said when asked about her inspiration for the Featured Art Piece she is creating for the Festival. “Yet I know that environmentalists and watermen are sometimes at odds, so I hope to portray the importance of a well-balanced and symbiotic relationship. My painting will certainly have watermen, boats and some of the wildlife that is native to the Chesapeake Bay and its environs. I like activity and color so my painting will have plenty of both.”

Active in the current plein air movement, and a founder of Plein Air Easton, she travels worldwide participating in competitions, judging and teaching. In 2018 and in 2019 she was invited to be an instructor and demonstrator at the Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe and released her first instructional video with Lilliedahl Videos. In 2016 and 2017 she was invited to exhibit at the prestigious Masters Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC. Recent honors include Best of Show at Parrsboro, Nova Scotia International Plein Air 2018, Best of Show at the Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2017 and the Dickinson Award for Best Painting by a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society 2016 Annual Juried Exhibit.

Tankersley is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the American Society for Marine Art, and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters and also holds memberships in the Washington Society for Landscape Painters and the Salmagundi Club. Founder and Director of the Easton Studio, a workshop facility begun in Easton in 2010, the artist mentors and teaches and sponsors workshops by nationally known painters.

Click here to learn more about Nancy’s Featured Painting “Podgin’ for Oysters”.