MEET THE ARTIST
Born and raised in British Columbia's spectacular Fraser Valley, glass artist, Nancy Dearborn has always sought to echo the beauty of the natural world in her art. The call to create began early in Nancy's life, beginning with interests in painting and photography. Her love of colour and texture opened her to the world of glass and it through this medium that she found freedom as an artist.
In 2004 Nancy relocated to the Okanagan Valley where she is inspired by the breathtaking views that surround her. She works from her studio nestled in the solitude of towering trees in the hills overlooking Okanagan Lake.
Nancy has become known for the highly textured surfaces that she achieves by using a unique process of hand-hammering glass. The piece is then built in layers that produce light-catching angles and depth of colour. Many of her works are comprised of thousands of fragments that return to the kiln for several firings. Nancy explains:
"I cut, break, and smash glass, then assemble in a kiln, allowing the fire to reform it
into an expression of beauty. Some of my works are many layers thick, spending up
to 100 hours in the kiln. I combine my work with found objects such as driftwood, reclaimed lumber, ash and light to arrive at the final form."
Over the years Nancy's art has been shown in a variety of exhibitions and galleries. Her artwork has found a home in galleries and private collections in Canada, the US, Mexico, Guatemala, Australia, and the UK. Currently her work can be seen or purchased at Catching Stars Gallery, Bowen Island, BC • Art Lover's Gallery, The Delta Grand Hotel, Kelowna, BC • New Moon Gallery , West Kelowna, BC • Ritchcraft Gallery, Kelowna BC • Gallery 378 Nelson, BC • Bisque Imports Showroom, Belmont, NC • You may contact Nancy directly for private commissions, purchases or showings