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Nancy Taliaferro

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 my work.”

(18" x 22" Oil on Linen)

Little Model in Red
(20" x 24" Pastel on Paper)

The Locket
(24" x 36" Oil on Linen)

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