Artist Statement


 My current work focuses on illuminated  sculptures, and paintings in oil and acrylic.

My subject matter is about reconnecting with nature and building an awareness of the beauty that surrounds us. Through my art, I try to capture the subjects essence and energy. The humor of sandpipers running from ocean waves, the startling realization of seeing an elk in an open field, or the humbled greatness of standing next to a giant beast pulled from imagination all awaken our senses. I want to inspire people to pause, breathe deep, and enjoy life.

I love to work with my hand, paint, and build.  In the past few years I have added making the sculptures to my experience and have loved the challenges and creative opportunities it has provided.  I thrive on learning, expressing what I have learned, and solving. By pushing  the boundaries of what can be done with the medium, I have learned so much.I use tissue paper, wire, reed, watercolor,  and lighting to create illuminated sculptures. My paintings are mainly oil or acrylic paints on canvas.

I  believe that there is art in everything. The many expressions of art are essential for all of us to thrive and grow. It is about learning to see. Art is about experiences and emotions, rich and full.

This is my journey and I want to share it with you! I am glad you’ve joined me!
Nancy Jo

Noteworthy

2021 Artist Residency at Immersive Van Gogh in Charlotte, NC. My work was also among the local artwork sold in the boutique at the exhibit.

Google Arts and Culture. Four of my works included in the tab for NancyJo Sauser in online collection through connection ArtPop Street Gallery.   https://artsandculture.google.com/search?q=NancyJo%20Sauser

1st place winner. Illumination 2021. Cameron Art Museum. Wilmington, NC

1st place winner. Mount Holly 2021 Lantern Parade

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

2021 Annual Juried Exhibition. Artists Collective. Spartanburg, SC

Illumination 2020. Cameron Art Museum. Wilmington, NC

2019 Annual ACLC Paul C Rhyne Juried Fine Art Competition

2018 Annual ACLC Paul C Rhyne Juried Fine Art Competition

Affiliations

Gaston County Art Guild
Arts Mount Holly
Arts Council of Lincoln County

Collections

Works held in private collections in:
Charlotte, NC region
Raleigh, NC
Wilmington, NC
San Antonio, TX
Seattle, WA
New Hampshire
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