Nancy Seamons Crookston is a California-based artist awarded the title of Master Oil Painter of America. She loves capturing the human figure in moments of stillness and reflection, as well as painting plein air, whether it’s the Rocky Mountains of her birth town in Utah, or a city scape of San Francisco. Her paintings are often described as peaceful and calming.
Nancy teaches workshops across the nation, helping painters learn the principles of Russian Color, which she learned from the late Russian Master, Sergei Bongart.
Her love of people and life is the essence of her work. She paints a variety subjects: a boy with a sailboat, a mother looking at her child, an old man sitting on a park bench, a young girl walking her horse, each portrayed using her masterful color and lighting techniques. Schooled by Russian master Sergei Bongart, she learned the importance of color harmony.
Nancy Seamons Crookston wants her art to “excite the soul and leave a sense of peace.” Few artists are able to capture those feelings of happiness and peacefulness as well as she does. Her work shines through the frustrations of ordinary life.
The artist is attracted to the human figure in moments of stillness and reflection. She loves to capture glimpses of tenderness between mother and child and the innocence of children engaged in quiet play. She also has long been drawn to the Old World feel of the European countryside. To suggest this quality of a simpler time, Crookston some- times dresses models—often her daughters and grandchildren—in the colorful scarves and long dresses of country peasants. On other occa- sions, wonderful painting ideas walk right up to her, like the time her young granddaughter came into the artist’s room in a nightgown, sat on the bed, and started reading a book.
She has earned numerous awards including the Gold Medal Award from the 2014 Oil Painters of America’s Master Signature division, the Bronze Master Signature award at the 2013 National Oil Painters of America Show, the 2011 Eastern Regional Oil Painters of America Masters Gold Award, and the Gold Medal Award in 2002 for the National Oil Painters of America. She has been the recipient of many OPA awards including the American National Award of Excellence in 2000. Adding the “Best of Show” award at the prestigious Oil Painters of America Show to her growing list of awards, the artist again demonstrated her masterful use of color and lighting techniques.
1979-84 – Sergei Bongart Summer School of Art, Thorton, Idaho
1984 – Studied art at Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho
1985 – Studied art at Utah State University, Logan, Utah
1990 – “Best of Show,” Salt Lake City Chapter, American Mothers
1992-98 – Oil Painters of America (OPA) Exhibitions
1994 – Helen G. Oehler Memorial Award, Grand National Exhibition,
American Artists Professional League
1994 – Awarded “Signature Member,” OPA
1995 – “Merit Award,” OPA Regional Show, Park City, Utah
1996 – Permalba Award, National Exhibition, OPA, San Antonio, Texas
1997 – One Woman Show, Nagano, Japan
1997 – Exhibition, Carmel, California
2000—Honorable Mention, Carmel Art Festival
2000—American National Award of Excellence, OPA
2002- Awarded “Master Signature Member,” OPA
Nancy has galleries throughout the United States, and has been in exhibitions in the U.S., Japan and China.