Nancy Wolfe Kimberly

Artist + Nancy Wolfe Kimberly

I live, work, and thrive in NOLA. I am a mixed media artist drawn to Louisiana subject matter, from alligators to angels. When people see my work, I want them to feel the love and prayers that I have attached to the paintings.

I paint because I see a picture in my mind, triggered by something I see or a song that I hear, and I want to bring it into reality. One of my goals is to keep New Orleans in the forefront of people’s vision. I start each painting with prayers for the city, often extending to all sentient beings. I want whoever sees my paintings to feel these prayers. I want my paintings to speak to the viewer’s heart.

When I painted “Ascension”, I was at mass at St. Stephen’s and saw a dove, representing the Holy Spirit, above the crucifix. I thought of a brown pelican, our state bird, ascending from a cross, to represent NOLA rising from the destruction and corruption following Hurricane Katrina. While I was painting the pelican, I thought of crawfish angels taking the pelican skyward. The halo around the pelican’s head was made from Mardi Gras beads dried in gel and roughly removed, leaving a crusty, seascape look. The three fish, which could have been 3 of anything, represent the Holy Trinity.

One of my pieces is called “Feathered Friends”. It represents a community project involving building and improving parks and community gardens in New Orleans. The painting represents divine guidance and our relationship with living things.

When I was teaching in California, I attended a painting workshop presented by Shiloh McCloud. In the course of the weekend, Shiloh instructed us to write down our vision of the future. I decided at that time to retire from California in three years and move with my family to New Orleans and paint full time.

Nancy Wolfe Kimberly is a New Orleans artist living and working in the East Carrollton neighborhood.



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