Beginning to advanced levels
Nancie King Mertz was born and raised in Central Illinois, where she began painting and selling her work in her early teens. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois, where she was a James Scholar, and also where she met her husband, Ron. They settled in Central Illinois and Nancie pursued a Masters Program in Painting at Eastern Illinois University where she taught for 3 years. While in graduate school, Nancie began a gallery/framing company which she has continued to operate after re-locating to Chicago in 1987. Her husband joined her in the business in 2000. Their gallery/frame shop features Nancie’s originals, Ron publishes Giclée prints and cards of her work, and Nancie and her staff run a thriving framing and conservation service.
Nancie’s oils and pastels are Impressionistic in style, with 60% of her work created en Plein air. She paints approximately 100 pieces annually and has traveled to over 20 countries for inspiration to paint on-site. Urban & rural subjects capture her attention when traveling in the States, and she can often be found painting in the varied neighborhoods of Chicago. She offers destination workshops and local demos, and serves as a juror for shows in the Midwest.