Nancyanne Cowell  
Fine Art Studio










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From an early age, Nancyanne Cowell began painting our relationship with nature in the dynamic Canadian landscape.  Embracing charismatic light, her atmospheric paintings sensuously straddle the built and natural worlds we live in   providing viewers with a rich introspective experience. Using traditional oils with contemporary techniques, she combines timeless and modern elements.    With sweeping textures and soft energetic passages, Cowell's powerful and luminous paintings emphasize how our existence is inherently linked to nature.  Her work ultimately illuminates the beauty of this relationship.  An award-winning artist, a series of her paintings is academically published, exploring a more sustainable world.  Enjoyed by many, her work is collected in private, corporate and public living spaces.


BFA (Hon) (Distinct), MBA, LFC; Award of Distinction for painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Victoria; Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.


 Artist's Thoughts

"Quietly attentive, I explore the transcendent beauty of the powerful elements of nature: the weather, seasons, ecosystems and the vitality of the light that connects them.  Throughout my walks, I embrace the clouds, breathe the light, feel the storm or pull of the moon.  I gather keepsakes from nature, written thoughts, photographs and memories of the experience.


I paint as though I am walking through a place recalling the sense of wonder of the raw and textural energy of the land. It is the aesthetic power of light that guides me to channel an artistic expression that speaks to my interest of place and belonging.  It's where I go to unfold our search for serenity. I paint in the tradition of oils, revealing layers of transparent depth and veiling and also use mixed-media to reveal thick textural sensations. Space and design influences my art making. Often, reconstructed canvas-shapes provide the compositional surface for my paintings, enabling me to emphasize something special in the scene. The intuition of Romanticism and the emotion of Expressionist art, appeal to my inner senses, yet I find the light in Luminism art to be the most inspiring.  My heart belongs to the sky. Appreciating the reverence, I paint from that mystery."
                                                                                     - Nancyanne     


Curatorial Statement
by Stephanie Webb, BA, BFA (Hon), MA, Contemporary Curator & Writer

Nancyanne Cowell is an inspirational artist of our time. Her stunning and sensuously vibrant ‘ecoscapes’ profoundly capture the cyclical nature of our existence.  When handled with such virtuosity, Cowell’s subjects  love, life and death  compellingly speak to the fragility of the world, as we know it. Beginning with the word, she creates entirely from the title of the canvas. Cowell’s powerful, yet tenderly painted atmospheric paintings show evidence of making, unmaking and remaking, conjuring spectres of the inexorable passage of time. Yes, time is fleeting but, here, it is marked and recorded by the tempo of the brush … the whisper of a wing, a suggestion of a wave, an edge, flashes of flesh, drops of pooling light, hints of blue and pink: Am I beside a perilous precipice, at the edge of the world, witnessing a birth  the first breath  or caught in time, gazing deeply into the jeweled tones of a dragonfly’s eye? Bringing forth deep emotions, we are given space to integrate our own stories and experiences into these large-format ‘ecoscapes’, for they are mysterious and as multivalent as they are layered.

Born in Ottawa, Cowell’s early years were spent painting and examining the diversity of her surroundings, and it was here  growing up in the greenbelt of southern Ontario  that she became aware of the tenuous interconnections within ecosystems.  Later,  Cowell relocated to the west coast to undertake a BFA with Honours and was granted the Award of Distinction for painting, whilst concurrently studying Environmental Philosophy.  Shortly thereafter, she earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, which deepened her understanding of society and, more importantly, continues to inform her art making.  She is an elected member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. This combination of fine art, philosophy and business studies proved potent. Driven to inspire positive change, Cowell taught communications, sustainability and marketing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Although this experience was wonderfully rewarding for her, when the ‘roar of unstoppable paint’ could be denied no longer, Cowell became a full-time artist. Now, she inspires by different means. Painting on canvas, Cowell creates life-affirming, atmospheric 'ecoscapes' that are never mournful but always filled with vitality  that we can, and will, bring ourselves back from the brink…



Representation is established with the following galleries:

JDStevenson Gallery,

Exhibits and sells distinctive quality fine art that reflects thought and soul representing West Coast Canadian artists. 


The Federation of Canadian Artists,

Exhibits and sells original fine art by member artists.  The largest national arts service organization in Canada.


Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature,
Exhibits the collection of Robert Bateman and hosts special exhibits of local Canadian culture and nature.


Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery,

Exhibits and sells original fine art representing the Vancouver Island region. 






Exhibition History


This is a selection only...of group, featured, juried or solo shows:

Federation Gallery, Vancouver, Federation of Canadian Artists, juried shows
JDStevenson Gallery, Chemainus, artwork exhibited throughout the year 

Royal Roads University Showcase Gallery, solo show, Victoria

Bateman Gallery of Nature, Public Art Gallery, Edging Forward Exhibit, Victoria

Academic On-line Art Gallery, Edging Forward Project, Ann Dale, Canada

Sooke Fine Arts Society Gallery, Vancouver Island's premier juried shows
The Gallery at Mattick's, solo and group shows, Saanich

Sooke Harbour House Resort Art Gallery, solo and group shows, Sooke

Victoria Arts Council Gallery, Look Show, Victoria

University of Victoria, Faculty of Fine Arts,  solo show, Victoria

Edward Jones Investment Lobby, featured artist, Saanich

Arts Center at Cedar Hill, Saanich

Saanich Municipal Hall Art Gallery, solo show, Saanich




Quill and Quire Magazine, Review, Edging Forward book & art collection, Feb 2018

Focus Magazine, Carbon Thoughts painting selected for the front cover, Sept-Oct, 2017 

Chin Yuen Art, Article, "Women Hold Up Half The Sky", Featured Speaker, March 2016

Art Avenue Magazine, News Vignette, Federation of Canadian Artists, Mar/Apr 2014

SEASIDE Magazine, Article, "Time Suspended: Dust Motes, Dragonflies and Dandelion Clocks", Stephanie Webb, Jan 2014

CRC Research, Sustainable Community Development, News Blog, "integration, interconnection, inspiration", Dr. Ann Dale, Nov 2013

The Cordovan, News Vignette, " on the rise", Issue 10, Winter 2013

CACGV Newsletter, News Vignette, July 2013

ISLAND Gals Magazine, Peer-Recommended Artist for Inspiration and Motivation, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Feature Article, Front Cover: Nancyanne Cowell, "moments", Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2013

SEASIDE Magazine, News Vignette, Seaside Arts Scene, Gillian Crowley, June 2013

CACGV Newsletter, News Vignette, May 2013

SEASIDE Magazine, Feature Contributor, Feature Article, Front Cover: 2013 Women to WATCH, "ReCycling Painting Series", Mar 2013

Exhibit-V, Art Connections, Ezine Article, [" can almost taste her paintings"], Stephanie Webb, Mar 2013

The Cordovan, Article, "You Can Almost Taste Her Paintings", Stephanie Webb, Spring 2013

CACGV Newsletter, News Vignette, Apr 2013

YAM Magazine, Painting in Featured Home, Home and Garden, July/Aug 2011

Where Magazine, Canada's Travel Planner, Vignette, "Featured Artist", The Gallery-at Matticks, July 2010

Saanich Newspaper, Article, "Painter Nancyanne Cowell", Island Life Style, June 2009

Preview, Art Gallery Guide, Vignette, "Featured Artist", The Gallery-at Matticks, 2009