Nancy Seamons Crookston
Nancy Seamons Crookston's paintings are often described as peaceful and calming. The California based painter is attracted to the human figure in moments of stillness and reflection. Nancy loves to capture glimpses of tenderness between mother and child and the innocence of children engaged in quiet play. She has long been drawn to the Old world feel of the european countryside. To suggest this quality of a simpler time, Crookston sometimes dresses models_often her own daughters and grandchildren_in the colorful scarves and long dresses of country peasants. On other occasions, wonderful painting ideas present themselves to her, like the time her young granddaughter came into the artist's room, sat on the bed and started reading a book. Now living in California she is excited to paint the beautiful and interesting people she sees every day. Citing the teachings of Russian master Sergei Bongart as an important influence, Nancy Crookston has earned numerous awards, including Best of Show at the 2000 National oil Painters of America Show and exhibitions in Japan and the United States. She has judged many oil painting, water color and plein air shows. In 2011 she judged the National Oil Painters of America Show in Scottsdale Arizona.