Nancy Halter was born in 1951 and raised in Billings, Montana. She witnessed drawing at seven years old while watching Jon Gnagy Learn to Draw. This charming television personality and artist demonstrated drawing in charcoal before her very eyes on a tiny black and white TV screen. Begging for and receiving a boxed set of paper, charcoal, blending stomp, kneaded eraser and a How-to-Draw Book, Nancy set to work on her very own drawing board and has been creating ever since. This love affair with creativity has taken many forms.
The bedrock instruction from her first taste of drawing through her formative years followed by sound instruction in college, Nancy has created a colorful life in art. A perpetual student, she attended national workshops from 1978 to present studying with nationally acclaimed watercolorists Tony Couch, Zolton Zsabo, Frank Webb, Carlton Plummer, Marilyn Hughey Phylis, Judy Betts, Skip Lawrence, Pat Dews and oil painter Kim English.
In 1983 she began working professionally as a graphic designer and illustrator for four years, followed by a twenty year position as senior designer and illustrator for a local imprint company. In 2007, Nancy and her husband Greg Jahn built a sky-lit studio together on the second floor of their home. Nancy works in watercolor, acrylic, graphite, oil stick, colored pencil, and collage. In addition to painting, she also collaborates with her husband Greg Jahn decorating utilitarian porcelain, hand building and sculpting her own ceramic art. See us at Greg Jahn-Nancy Halter.com.
This prolific painter/illustrator/ceramist benefits by living in an environment that is surrounded by gardens filled with food and flowers in a quiet urban neighborhood. Added joys in Nancy’s life are her two talented sons and two fabulous grandchildren.
"There is nothing more arresting, more captivating, more exhilarating than a solo journey onto a blank white sheet of paper or canvas. While thoughtfully and slowly applying paint to the surface, I rely on practiced instinctual queues of additive, subtractive and intuitive marks to develop the conversation between background, middle ground and foreground. I continue listening to the emerging design whether abstract or representational, bold or subtle, simple or complex. Quiet contemplation of gestural changes give voice to each painting as the skin of surface story develops. The final effort reveals a certain translation of the original imaginative spark." - Nancy Halter