Nancy Adelis joined the Artisans in October 2014, and she exhibits her love of animals in her artistic specialty, custom pet portraits. She paints in acrylics and creates her art using pet photos. She also enjoys committing to canvas the landscapes and homes of the lower Cape Fear region. In addition, Nancy has been juried by the Artisans in photography and you can find some of her work at the St. James Community Center and the Artisans Gallery.
Nancy, a native of Brooklyn, NY, moved from NJ with her husband 8 years ago. She worked full time in her own HR business till the end of 2013 when she semi- retired. “The creative call has run in our family for 3 generations, and now I finally have the chance to answer that call through my art,” says Nancy. She credits her sister Gail, a well-known NJ artist, for encouragement and guidance.
Besides the Artisans, Nancy is very involved with the St. James Service Club, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, and the Brunswick County Teen Court.
What does the word creativity mean to you?
To me creativity is anything out of the norm. Anything that helps one color outside the lines.
What is it about the St. James lifestyle that inspires your creativity?
For me, it is the ability to find a quiet space without the presence of others. That allows me to think outside the box and let my free spirits emerge. It is also the chance to quietly view the beautiful landscapes and ponds, the picture of nature.
Describe the ideal environment which motivates/inspires you to create. (What enhances your creativity?)
See above. I am also drawn to creating portraits of animals that allow me to offer a gift of art to those who will appreciate these portraits. In addition, I enjoy photography and creating an image that often cannot be captured with the naked eye.
What advice would you give a new artist?
I am a new artist myself. That said the advice I would give to myself is to continue my learning through many workshops and classes. In addition I would advise finding time to do one's art and not to be frustrated by beginning works, as it often takes many iterations before coming upon a beautiful final product.
Where is your favorite place in St James?
There are so many! Yet I find that sitting on the back porch of Founder's overlooking the marsh is one of the best places in St James. I am so glad that they have reopened the Founders Club.