Nancy Willis


About the artist

Nancy Willis lives and works in the Napa Valley and holds an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute.  As a painter/printmaker she works with themes of intimacy and social connection by creating series such as The BED, RSVP, The CHANDELIER and TERRAIN. With paint or printing ink, Willis uses an additive and subtractive process to explore how color, light and atmosphere instill meaning to the finished work. Her work was recently exhibited at the StARTup Art Fairs in LA, Chicago and San Francisco and Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas. 

Willis teaches at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley College, and Nimbus Arts. Her 2015 curatorial project, NOURISH, at the Napa Valley Museum, brought together over 25 artists, 9 chefs and a live stream from the kitchen of a three Michelin starred restaurant in France.

Willis’ entrepreneurial projects include Path of an Artist tours, leading artists to France and Sundance for annual painting workshops. These intimate small group experiences combine Willis’ hospitality skills with her connection to place, allowing guests to see beyond a location’s façade for a unique and inspiring view.

In March of 2019, she will be an artist in residence at Sundance, Utah, exhibiting paintings and monotypes of the beauty found in nature.