Nancy Halbert


Nancy Halbert

This body of work for Cerulean Arts practically painted itself. Already, I am an honest painter. I paint motion to evoke emotion and the uncertainty, loneliness and dread of 2020 focused me to paint a variety of figurative tales that I needed to tell. I learned to draw and paint after a successful career as a choreographer, modern dancer and arts administrator. My dancing experience is evident in my art as my paintings consist of energetic movements that concentrate on the balance between energy and stillness. I reflect this discord in a gestural, painterly, and contemporary style. Now, I dance with my hand across the canvas as I draw into paint. I have been painting and exhibiting my artwork for over twenty years. I experiment mixing materials, such as, pencil with thinner, or soft pastels with oil paint, layering media to create painted collages of varying surfaces. Fabrics may be integrated to provide a sense of place. I develop a painting as I would when choreographing a dance, one element moving into the next. A line begins, takes shape into mass, which will deepen with color, and then culminates into an expressionistic experience. I am fortunate to have moved into a home where I have a beautiful art studio close to Fairmount Park. I spend many hours walking my dog, Bo, observing nature and the painted landscapes in this exhibition reflect a sincere rendition of place and time. I have had an extensive career teaching art to students of all levels and ages. My teaching is an integral part of my art making process. I empower my students to create in their own personal style. I am available for workshops, lectures and private lessons, currently on zoom. Also, I paint commissions in landscape or the figure that meet the needs of a specific site and a client’s taste for a residence or a commercial space. 



Isolation Together, mixed media on canvas, 36" x 48"  SOLD  


A Room of Her Own, mixed media on canvas, 30" x 48"  Available 


In One Ear, Out the Other, mixed media on canvas, 24" x 18"  Available 


Kinnecki, oil on canvas, 24" x 20"  Available 


It Still Hurts, oil on canvas, 24" x 18"  Available 


B is for Bob, oil and charcoal, 20" x 16"  Available 


C is for Cool, oil and charcoal on paper, 18" x 14"  Available 


Why Get Dressed?, oil and charcoal on paper, 20" x 16"  Available 


Kitchen Sink, oil and charcoal on paper, 18" x 14"  Available 


Dancer's Blues, oil and pastel on canvas, 24" x 18"  Available 

Highwire Act, oil and pastel on canvas, 24" x 18" Available


On the Edge, oil on canvas, 28" x 22"  Available 


Tea and Solace, oil on canvas, 28" x 22"  Available 


Wissahickon View 1, oil on canvas, 24" x 36"  Available 


Wissahickon View 2, oil on canvas, 30" x 40"  Available 


Wissahickon View 3, oil on canvas, 30" x 40"  Available 


Blue Ridge, pastel, 9" x 7"  Available 


Red Rocks, pastel, 9" x 7"  SOLD 


Abiqui, pastel, 11" x 16"  Available 


Into the Sky, oil and pastel on canvas, 29" x 24"  SOLD 


Maple Sugar Runs Through, oil and pastel on canvas, 29" x 24"  Available