Although I’d always had an interest in art and art history, I had no formal training through my own school years.  I started teaching myself through the necessity of learning enough to teach my students.  I attended a summer institute for teachers called Discipline Based Art Education sponsored by the Getty Museum Foundation.  This started my own artistic education.

Being a teacher, it is natural to consider myself a life-long learner. Before retiring from teaching, I began taking evening classes in adult school.  Add to that, being an avid reader, I read art books and magazines and watched videos and DVDs.  Though starting with watercolor, a few years ago I discovered the joy of pastels.  Their immediacy and vibrancy really appeal to me.  I find them addictive!

I especially enjoy landscapes and florals.  I like to bring eye-catching scenes to the attention of my audience and hope they will share my enjoyment.  Art creates a connection/a bridge between the artist and the viewer.  Do we enjoy the same things?  Do we see the same scene differently because of past associations?  Many of my works reflect local scenery.  I want to share the beauty of commonplace scenes we don’t always really “see”.  My eye and interests respond to light, color and mood.

I have studied with local artists including Wava Myers, Teressa Crowley, LaWanda Wollenman, Varian Mace, LaVone Sterling and Suzie Stach.  I have attended weeklong plein aire workshops with nationally- known pastelists Maggie Price and Albert Handell. Fortune has allowed me to twice attend the International Pastel Society Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Currently I am a member of the Tulare Palette Club (Past President), Porterville Art Association, Lindsay Art Association, Main Gallery Artists and Visalia Art League.

My work has hung throughout the area and won many awards.

NANCY A QUINN  559-686-1945


The Porterville Art Gallery features the work of many professional and avocational local artists and is dedicated to presenting only the finest work for sale by the artists living in California’s Central Valley. The gallery’s displays cover a wide variety of styles and media. Please stop by to view our varied and constantly changing exhibits.


The mission of the Porterville Art Association (P.A.A.) is to promote visual arts in the Porterville area through workshops, educational programs, art exhibits, financial assistance to art students and other appropriate activities.







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    • Click the tab on the top of the page that says “Events & Shows” to see what’s coming up.
      Click on the “Links” tab to visit other venues in the valley, to see what they have to offer.

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