Nance Aurand, Art

Meet the artist!




Meet The Artist


Here’s how I describe my artistic journey:

​My life and my art have been a journey through color. Color evokes memory for me, like a favorite song from youth. I think to myself, “I know what I was doing when I saw that color. I know why it is important.”

Color is how I put together pieces of my life in a way that makes sense to me. It is a way to weave my joys and sorrows into wholeness. It is a way to re-frame the sorrow of raising a disabled child. It is how I tell myself, “Yes, this is awful, and, she is beautiful, and, the sky’s still blue, and, I am still in love.” It is my sense of gratitude.

I weave the hues of my life throughout my paintings. When I look at them, I find the olive drab of the fatigues that I wore as a soldier in the US Army. There are deeper greens from my dress uniform and walks in the wood. I see blues from Lake Michigan and pastels from agates that my brother and I collected as children. Sometimes the muted hues of hospital waiting rooms are apparent to me.

To me, color is the most delicious part of a visual work of art. It is a multi-sensory experience. It is a rich experience, as delicious as chocolate cake.


I grew up in southern Michigan near the heart of the American automobile industry. There were four of us: my mother, father, brother and myself. We were all left-handed, and each creative in our way. My parents enjoyed the arts. They enjoyed theater and took us to museums.

I became interested in painting in a middle school art class. We were given the assignment to create a value sketch in pencil, and later paint a painting in an analogous color scheme. I was surprised to find that I could create a realistic looking drawing. I choose a photo from a life magazine of activist Angela Davis as my subject. I painted her portrait in hues of yellow, orange, and, red. The result was my very first painting, and the beginning of a journey that would lead me away, and eventually back to painting.

After high school, I joined the US Army where I remained for two tours of service. I worked as an Air Traffic Controller for ten years. After that, I stayed home to raise my severely disabled child. Caregiving took all of my energy, so I put my dreams on hold. Now that my husband and I are “empty nesters” there is time for my art.

As an artist, I am a devoted late bloomer, nearly obsessed with painting. I began painting full-time in late 2013. Still, finally having time to create is just part of my artistic journey. It is the joys and the heartbreaks that I experienced during the time that I could not create that help keep my paintings honest.

I live in Indiana with my husband Jim, and my dog Jack.


Two of my paintings are featured in two different North Light books: “The Derelict” is featured in “Incite 2 Color Passions,” and, “Rhythm Garden” is featured in “Acrylic Works 2: Radical Breakthroughs.” Both Books are available on

Insite Color Passions 2
Acrylic Works 2: Radical Breakthroughs

Elsewhere On The Web

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Link to Nancy's labyrinth art website.

The Labyrinth Art Project

Labyrinth Art Website

Link to Nancy's Art Story on the National Endowment For The Arts website.


My Art Story

Link to Nancy's photography website


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