Nancy is an artist and educator based in Edmonton. After graduating from the Fine Arts program in Art and Design at the University of Alberta in 2008, she and fellow artist Claire Uhlick won a public art commission for the Van Vliet Centre. At this time, she was also hired as an illustrator by the Canadian Centre for Research on Literacy.


Over the last decade, Nancy has worked for various museums, galleries, and learning institutions, leading her to create illustrations and designs for many educational initiatives, programs, and projects. In 2017, Nancy illustrated a children’s book, Alphabet Stage, an exciting collaboration with professors from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education. The book has been applauded for its playful, colourful illustrations which use the latest research in language development to introduce the alphabet to young children.

Nancy’s experience in the heritage sector has no doubt inspired her creative art practice. She is inspired by:

  • Objects with a story to tell – especially ones with interesting images and typography.

  • Architecture. But more specifically how buildings create a sense of place, identity, and personal connection.

  • Traditions. Making a beloved food, learning a skill from a grandparent, embroidering a traditional pattern, dancing, singing. These memory-making traditions are a special piece of who we are as people.

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