Nancy Basss paintings explore the fellowship between humans and animals through her love and respect for the innocence and beauty of each animal she portrays. Her first memory of painting was a series of poodles in each of the Crayola crayon colors at age 3. Her love of animals has continued unabated.
Cows became my artistic focus as my family lived for over thirty-five years on Anchorage farm in Southern Albemarle County. We raised our herd of Simmental, Hereford, Angus, and Charolais cows who served as beautiful models for my paintings. These cows continue to be a large part of my work.
Today I am an itinerant painter. I paint in coastal Florida, the mountains near Asheville, and coastal Connecticut. I continue to paint my beloved herd of cows, endangered animals, native wildlife and places of quiet beauty.
Artist in Residence – Virginia Center for the Creative Arts – Amherst, VA
Finalist and Award winner – The Artist’s Magazine 2012, 2013, 2014,2015, 2016,2017, 2019,2020
Semi Finalist – Bethesda Painting Awards
Second Place- American Artist Annual Juried Competition – Animal Division 2019
First Place – The Artist Magazine International Competition- Animal Division 2020
Juror’s Award- Art2Life International Competition- 2021