Nancy Taliaferro is a known Richmond artist and teacher and during high school her
teacher was Frank Rowley, also an established artist. Each of these
influenced her direction and outlook towards art.
Having decided in high school to become an illustrator, Nancy
enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University (then Richmond
Professional Institute) to major in Commercial Art, and she graduated
with a BFA degree. As an illustrator, her experience came with
advertizing agencies and newspapers and also as a fashion illustrator
for Miller and Rhoads.
A new direction in art came, when stopping work to raise her family,
Nancy began to make drawings and portraits of her children. Her
medium was usually pastels, but over time she began to use oils.
Her primary interest then became painting in the classical tradition,
and this interest continues.
Nancy has had her painting in many juried exhibitions in Virginia,
including the Chrysler Museum, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and
the DuPont Art Gallery at Washington and Lee University. In New York
she received the Medal of Honor in painting from the National
Association of Women Artists, and has had her work in juried traveling
exhibitions to museums and universities across the country.
A member of the National Association of Women Artists, Nancy is also
a founding member of Uptown Gallery.
“While I like to paint
many subjects as a
realistic painter, I have
always found the figure
and portraiture to be
the most compelling.
My effort is to deepen
in sensitivity and
understanding - to
what I see – and to be
able to express that in
(18" x 22" Oil on Linen)
Little Model in Red
(20" x 24" Pastel on
(24" x 36" Oil on Linen)