Artist statement

My work centers around nature and trying to bring the natural world to people to increase awareness of the beauty that surrounds us.  Whether it be the sandpipers from the shore to fictional creatures that only exist in our imagination I want to inspire people to pause, take a breath and enjoy life.

I love to work with my hand, paint, and build. My current body of work includes oil paintings, sculpture, and photography.  I thrive on learning, expressing what I have learned, and solving. The many expressions of art are essential for all of us to thrive and grow.

In the past couple years I have added lantern building to my experience and have loved the challenges and creative opportunities it has provided.  I have learned so much by pushing  the boundaries of what can be done with the medium. 

My journey has taken me down many parallel ventures to this dream. In my past, I found myself more often pursuing the “corporate/commercial” side of art by focusing on a career in Computer Graphics, Advertising, and Communication Design that would provide stability for my growing family. During this time period, I worked in Indiana, downtown Chicago, and the surrounding Chicagoland area. More recently, I had the opportunity to work as a yearbook advisor for high school students. I loved the opportunity to instruct them beyond the basics so they could think about design principles, what they were visually communicating, and how to work as a team to tie together all of their individual designs into a unified single publication.

Still, with all of my ventures, I could incorporate my love of art, different mediums, and new discovery. I retain these background experiences, as they are part of my weave that  adds to my mental palette.

I’m in position to pursue my life-long dream of submersion into Fine Arts and I could not be more excited. I can’t do it fast enough, yet I want to take my time and fully experience every encountered step. I want to give new perspectives and visionary “voice” to things that I am passionate about, and believe that there is art in everything. It is about learning to see. It is experiences and emotions, rich and full. This is my journey and I want to share it with you!

Nancy Jo Sauser


Public Art Award. ArtPop 2020.   ArtPopStreetGallery
Award of multiple advertising platforms including digital media and large scale billboard.

1st place winner. Mount Holly 2019 Lantern Parade. 10/26/2019

2nd place winner. Mount Holly 2018 Lantern Parade with International Recognition 

2018 Annual ACLC Paul C Rhyne Juried Fine Art Competition



Gaston County Art Guild
Arts on the Greenway. Mount Holly, NC
Arts Mount Holly
Arts Council of Lincoln County




Works held in private collections in:
Charlotte, NC region
Raleigh, NC
Wilmington, NC
Seattle, WA
Chicago and Chicagoland area, Illinois


Educational Background

University of Illinois, Chicago Campus – BA in Design
As well as studies in printmaking, photography, painting, and computer graphics

Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design -Studies in illustration, sculpture, painting, and drawing

University of Illinois, Champaign Campus

Various workshops and private classes