Nancy Walnes is a watercolor artist who specializes in landscapes and architectural subjects. Following in her mother's footsteps, her love of art started at a young age but in later years she discovered a a passion for watercolor because of its transparency, versatility, and the inherent flow of the medium that she says can sometimes result in "magic". Over the past 30 years, she has studied with some of the top watercolorists in the country such as Gwen Bragg, Carolyn Grosse Gawarecki, Michael Bailey, Skip Lawrence, Ralph Smith, and Bill Vrscack.
Her strong, vibrant watercolors, have won numerous awards and honors and she has been juried into shows that include the annual Virginia Watercolor Society (she is a Signature Member), the Georgia Watercolor Society, the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild show, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria; she is also a member of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists Society. In addition, she has exhibited her work at the Green Spring Gardens Park in Alexandria, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Pearmund Cellar Winery in Broad Run, VA. Nancy moved to Beaufort, SC, in August of 2015.
Her painting, "Beaufort Marsh" was accepted into the 14th edition of the book, "Splash", North Light Books' Best of Watercolor competition, Splash 14: Light and Color! Of the 1500 entries, 106 were chosen, a particular honor. The full color book is available on Amazon.
Her painting, "Tomato Processing Plant" won 1st Place in the 57th Beaufort Art Association Spring show (2018), judged by international artist, Xi Guo.