Nancy Smrekar , Transitional Abstract Expressionist artist
Nancy is a Florida native who grew up in St. Petersburg and currently resides in Odessa, FL. Her talents and inspiration can largely be attributed to her Aunt Virginia MacRae, a well-known local abstract painter who studied with William Pachner, William Locke and Philip Sawyer. Nancy has studied with numerous local art instructors in the Tampa Bay area.
Nancy has been working out of her studio in the St. Petersburg Warehouse Arts District for the past three years. She is a member of the Warehouse Arts District, the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, and The Morean Arts Center and has shown her work in a variety of Florida art shows and galleries. Her works are purchased by both collectors and interior designers for their private and commercial clients.
She works primarily with acrylic paints on canvas using brush, palette knife and various other tools to achieve her desired results. She works in acrylic house paints as a preferred means to express herself. Nancy started out as an impressionist artist, but influenced by her Aunt Virginia’s works has evolved into a mid- Century style abstract expressionist artist. While she continues with strong geometric design and color and the spontaneous creations of the classic abstract expressionist mid Century era, she terms much of her most recent works as “Transitional Abstract Expressionism,” reintroducing figural representations into her abstract expressionist works. Sometimes it is simply a vague representation of a city, a boat, a building, a factory, trees or palm trees, as found in her recent work “Factory”. In other cases, very defined representations of animals or people or objects may be included in her paintings. Sometimes these representations can be subdued and somewhat hidden in the painting and other times jarring and attention getting, such as found in her jarring transitional abstract expressionist painting “Horse in an Abstract World.” Nancy seeks to incorporate the physical realities of earth and life into her work to expand the genre of abstract painting from the traditional use of expressive colors, non-representational subject matter and geometric shapes.