For over thirty-five years Nancy A. Berkhouse has been developing and perfecting her artistry and using it to express her personal response to beauty. Her education at Waynesburg College in Western Pennsylvania provided her a teaching background, but the artistic emphasis evolved after she moved to East Texas in 1960. It was then that her unique talents were manifested through a life entrusted to God and a desire to portray His creation. She has continued to share with students the principles of painting which she has learned.
Nancy’s broad expertise includes pastels, oils and acrylics. Her paintings reflect an expert knowledge of mixing colors, some soft and subtle, some vibrant, but always rich and harmonious. The compositions are flowing and easily absorbed, and the depth and warmth of her works create lifelike images that both amaze and delight. Nancy has achieved excellence in all subject matters but first became known for her Texas Hill Country landscapes. After spending many weeks in the region she caught “bluebonnet fever” and has never tired of producing paintings of that area. However, as a teacher, she considers it essential for her to be proficient in producing portraits, still life, animal studies, and florals and believes an accomplished artist should be able to paint almost any subject in his or her medium.
Throughout the years, the popularity of N. A. Berkhouse art has grown. Her paintings have been purchased by art lovers near and far and have won countless awards, ribbons, and honors. Although she spends many hours at the easel, teaching is still an important part of the artist’s life. She considers it a way to spread the joy she has come to know through painting, and her students attest to her patience and adeptness as a teacher.