Nancy R. M. Whitin
Whitin's "SPARKY" has been selected as a 2017 Finalist in The Artist's Magazine 34rd Annual Art Competition.
"Buckwheat & Alfalfa" was selected as a 2016 Finalist in The Artist's Magazine 33rd Annual Art Competition.
"Rainproof Donkey" was selected as a 2014 Finalist in the Animal/Wildlife category of The Artist's Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition.
Whitin is an avid sailor, painter, skier, and lover of fast horses.
A former publishing VP in NYC, Nancy has studied art with the Silvermine Guild of Artists, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Newport Art Museum. Her leopard Appaloosa often serves as her model.
She is currently studying privately as well as painting with the Bow House Studio Artists.
Nancy is a member of the South Coast Artists Organization; The Westport Art Group; and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod.
The donkeys' expressions and poses she paints are very real -- they are not exaggerated. Her 2000+ digital photos serve as proof that all animals have unique personalities and emotions that sometimes mirror our own. As one of her customers wrote: "Your work caught us by surprise, bringing a bit of levity and honesty to the day."
Whitin has just started working on a series of large-scale drawings (50" x 75") of Civil War horses. The very beginnings of this project can be viewed at http://www.civilwarhorses.net
Nancy is honored to have been invited to participate in the 2012 and the 2013 and 2014 and 2015 Pastels by Invitation Exhibition, An Intimate Group of Nationally Recognized Pastelists -- Pastels By Invitation 2015, The Creative Arts Center, Chatham, MA, August 2- August 30, 2015.
Previously she was selected as one of the twelve artists invited to participate in the 2012 invitational exhibit, Our Shared Planet, examining animals as the inspiration for art, at the Parsons Gallery, The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society in Lexington, MA. June 19 - July 9, 2012. Nancy's horse paintings have been exhibited by the prestigious American Academy of Equine Art in Kentucky.
"Life is so largely controlled by chance that its conduct can be but a perpetual improvisation." -- W. Somerset Maugham