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Artist Statement
Biography and Exhibits


© Nancy R. Brassington, 2021

Nancy Burch Brassington

Artist Statement

I grew up in a farming community in northern Virginia. The decorative layers of Southern life hid the sadness of my isolation, the horrors of World War II and segregation in the South. Southern repression and anxiety molded me, and I found my true identity many decades later through creativity and the process of painting. My artwork is an expression of my inner self: the woman I became as a result of growing up on a farm in rural Virginia.

I have always looked at the world around me and enjoyed seeing the forms of shadows, light and dark; the colors of nature and all man-made things. Beyond thought and feeling is the pleasure of seeing and painting this passing world of form, color, suffering, and pleasure. My desire to create is driven by that guilt, denial, and passionate desire to succeed which grew within me when I was younger.


Nancy Brassington was a painting instructor at Penn State Altoona and for Penn State Continuing Education at University Park, from 1996 until 2011.

She received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from The Pennsylvania State University in 1996.

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with high distinction in Painting and Drawing in 1992.
In 1962 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Mary Washington University, Fredericksburg, VA.
In 1985 she studied at Vermont Studio School, Johnson, VT.

Selected exhibits

• Art Alliance Gallery of Central Pennsylvania, 2018
• Bellefonte Art Museum, 2016
• Agora Gallery, New York City, NY, 2015
• Agora Gallery, New York City, NY, 2015
• School of Visual Arts Juried Alumni Exhibition, 2012, Penn State,
University Park, PA!
• “Art of the State, Pennsylvania,” Harrisburg, PA!
• “Images,” and “Crafts National,” University Park, PA!
• Faculty Shows at Penn State Altoona, PA!
• The Southern Alleghenies Museum Bi- Annuals, Loretto, PA !
• The Doshi Gallery in Harrisburg, PA, !
• MUSE Gallery and The Painted Bride Gallery in Philadelphia, PA!
• ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL!
• University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredricksburg, VA !
• The Gamble Mill and Museum of Centre County in Bellefonte, PA!
• The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania.