About the Artist

Nancy Noel May

Impressionistic painter of color and light

Nancy Noel May - Biography


Award winning artist, Nancy Noel May has always loved to paint, starting with formal lessons as a young child in Hampton, VA.  The coastal influences of color and scenery have been with her from the start, having grown up in a small community on the Chesapeake Bay.

Nancy continued her studies with a degree in Art Education from Towson University in 1975.  Her college education, along with numerous other courses and workshops, have given Nancy a varied and exciting background in different techniques and styles of expression.

Clear, vibrant colors and a strong source of light are the prime elements of her paintings.  In 2004 Nancy returned to acrylics after a long stint with oils, finding the quicker drying time forces her to be more spontaneous in her work.

A love of travel has lead Nancy to explore ways of packing her equipment to create plein air paintings, and she never travels without a camera and sketchbook to record her experiences.  Bringing back images to her studio helps to relive her travels through paintings. 

Moving to Wilmington, NC in 1984 brought Nancy back to the coastal influences with which she started.  The easy going style, clarity of light and color continues to be a significant reminder that she is essentially a sea-level woman.