Magazine article Southwest Art

Nancy Balmert

Magazine article Southwest Art

Nancy Balmert

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IN 1996, Nancy Balmert had a neardeath experience that caused a lack of oxygen in her brain. She suffered some memory damage from the trauma, and as she tried to rebuild her life, her doctor suggested she try something she had never done before. She chose painting. Soon, the artist began taking workshops and studied under Texas artist Dalhart Windberg, who taught her how to finetune classical techniques.

Balmert is influenced by the soft edges and dramatic lighting used by Dutch masters including Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt. But she diverges from their dark scenes by applying their techniques to her large, vivid paintings of flowers. While the artist dabbles in other subject matter, including landscapes and still lifes, her main fascination remains the roses, peonies, and irises she grew up with. The hyper-focused compositions combined with the detailed realism of her technique is overwhelming. …

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