Meet Nancy!

Learn about the artist. Her history, education, teaching skills, memberships, and how she is involved with the local art scene.

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about the artist

About the artist

Nancy Brandsma was born in Montreal, Québec in 1975 and currently lives in Ottawa. Since 2003, Nancy has taken various drawing and painting classes at the Ottawa School of Art. In May 2009 she resigned from her secular administrative employment to follow her passion for oil painting. She has since exhibited her work in various outdoor events and festivals in Ontario and on her website.

Portrait d'artiste

Nancy Brandsma est née à Montréal, Québec en 1975 et demeure présentement à Ottawa. Depuis 2003 Nancy a suivi plusieurs cours de dessins et de peintures à l'École d'Art d'Ottawa. En mai 2009 elle a quitté son poste d’Agente en Administration pour poursuivre sa passion en art visuel. Elle a exposé ses oeuvres dans plusieurs expositions et festivals en Ontario et sur son site web.



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Artistic statement

Nancy's work explores the imaginary world of living things and the insecurity of the human being. Her use of lines and vivid colors give life and soul to her pieces. She is a hands-on person and as such she prefers to get right into the painting using her hands rather than a brush to paint. This gives her the feeling of oneness between herself and the canvas as she sculpts her subjects in oil paint directly on the canvas. As an artist she is constantly challenging herself towards new creative horizons and to give even deeper meaning to her work. She enjoys the simple things in life and hopes that through her paintings one will relive their childhood dreams or see a reflection of their own personal life struggles.

 Artist Résumé (PDF) »

Vision artistique

Les oeuvres de Nancy explorent le monde imaginaire des créatures vivantes et l’insécurité humaine. Sa façon d’utiliser les lignes et les couleurs vives donne vie et âme à ses tableaux. Elle aime beaucoup travailler avec ses mains et c’est pour cette raison qu’elle préfère utiliser ses mains au lieu des pinceaux, car ceci lui permet d’être uni avec son oeuvre pendant sa création. Comme artiste elle se donne continuellement des défis pour progresser et rendre un plus grand sens à ses toiles. Elle aime les choses simples de la vie et espère que ses toiles aiderons les gens à revivre leur rêve de jeunesse ou de refléter sur leur propre condition humaine.

 Résumé d'artiste | en anglais seulement (PDF) »



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BRAVO-Est

Nancy is a member of the BRAVO-Est (Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l'Ontario) committee that is responsible for the faciliation of art related events and functions designed specifically for French speaking residents of eastern Ontario.You may view her artistic profile / démarche artistique (only available in French) on the BRAVO website.

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OSA Member

Nancy has been an active member of the OSA (Ottawa School of Art) since 2003. Not only has she continued her training and education there on an ongoing basis, but she has also assisted as a volunteer teacher's assistant for their spring break art classes.

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Education

Course Institution/School Professor/Teacher When
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2017
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque September, 2016
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2016
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2015
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2013
Artist Educator Foundations Course Royal Conservatory / Ontario Arts Council Karen McClellan / Matthew Romin April, 2011
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2011
Art History - Canadian Art Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2010
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2010
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque September, 2009
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2009
Real Intro to Painting Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2007
Real Intro to Painting Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2006
Intro: Lifedrawing Ottawa School of Art Blair Sharpe January, 2004
Intro: Drawing Ottawa School of Art Gail Bourgeois January, 2003
Oil Painting & Acrylics Nepean Visual Arts Centre Barbara Campbell April, 1990


Published works

With the generous support of BRAVO and the tenacious editing and writing skills of Marion Bordier, Nancy Brandsma has had some of her works, her artistic vision, and her stories put into print.

This catalgoue of works is available through MagCloud.com in both print and digital formats.

Please note: the text is exclusively presented in French as this was a sponsored initiative provided by BRAVO (Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l'Ontario).

View an alternate larger view of the cover of this publication.

Published: 2013
Specs: Standard 8.25" x 10.75" | 28 pages | Perfect-bound
ISBN: 978-0-9864769-7-6

MagCloud

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The exposition "pentadécagone" showcased a digital art exhibition with five Canadian artists paired with five African artists from newcomer communities. Ten visions of five compelling themes.

Nancy worked with Kalula Kalambay (from Kinshasa, République démocratique du Congo). The digital contemporary visual art exhibition was featured on ten LED screens, each showing a video/audio work on five ideas, but promoted by two different cultures—ten distinct works hence the title of the exhibition: "pentadécagone."

The artists went to draw in their own way on their respective traditions and origins in order to allow the public here and abroad to answer five questions that run through the story, and who live like knots of contradictions. Nancy and Kalula's theme was: "The third age: the elderly viewed by Canada and Africa through the theme of abandonment."

With the generous support of BRAVO, Ontario Arts Council, and Canadian Heritage, the presenting artists had their respective works published in an event catalogue.

Please note: the text is exclusively presented in French as this was a sponsored initiative provided by BRAVO (Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l'Ontario).

Published: 2016
Library and Archives Canada
ISBN: 978-0-9734922-0-0

pentadécagone


A review, prepared by Nancy Brandsma, of the seminar: "The Arrival of Surrealism in Canada" given by Prof. Yves M. Larocque at the National Art Gallery, March 2010.

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Nancy's artistic inclinations.
What fields inspire her?

Nancy has a lot of passions and interests... in fact, when it comes to art she likes to dabble in as many areas as she can. While oil painting is her professional/primary art medium, she also enjoys and is skilled at acrylic painting, drawing, sculpting, papier-mâché, embossing, jewellery-making, leather work, repurposing antiques, etc. And she loves to teach art to others, both old and young alike!

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