Nancy Oppenheimer works predominantly in oils. She paints in the old master tradition of countless layers of transparent color, seeking to convey an intimate mood through the power of color and the drama of lights and shadows. She is particularly fascinated by black bears, being an advocate for black bears in South Carolina. She seeks to render the majesty, nobility, and grandeur of bears that exhilarates and lifts the mind and heart. Each of her bear paintings is an individual portrait of a unique bear. All of Nancy's work, from animals to still lifes, shows a distinctive talent of balancing the relationships of subjects, tonal values, and color harmonies.
Nancy Oppenheimer graduated from The University of Hartford Art School, CT, cum laude, with a doubled major in Art and English Literature, followed by three years of teaching art. During that time, she attended Paier Art School, New Haven, CT, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, and Connecticut College, New London, CT, concentrating on illustration and sculpture.
Nancy Oppenheimer has received awards in national and international competitions, and her work resides in university, museum, corporate and private collections across the United States. She is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who Women in America, and Who's Who in the World. Nancy is also a member of the Oil Painters of America and Women Artists of the West. Prior to working as a gallery fine artist, Nancy was an illustrator with an illustrious list of clients, including Scholastic Books, as well as illustrations for the New London Day Newspaper. She also won the Best New England Newspaper Illustration of the Year from the New England Press Association.