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Nancy Starley Layton resides in rural Alpine, Utah, with her husband, Tim, and dog, Maggie. She has traveled extensively from Ethiopia to Italy, but her great love is painting her native Utah outdoors in the early morning and late afternoon light. The canyons, fields of agriculture, and hillside slopes that ascend to rugged rock peaks fuel her painting passion.
Nancy graduated from Brigham Young University in 1975 with a B. A. degree in Secondary Art Education. She enjoyed teaching high school students in all art subjects in the Jordan and Alpine School Districts from 1975 to 1978. She subsequently spent over twenty years in Indiana and Virginia where she did some commission work and private teaching. She returned with her family to Utah in 1999 where she resumed further graduate education of studio painting, art history, and the oil paint medium. She earned her M.F.A. in Studio Painting from Brigham Young University in 2006, concluding with her final one-woman show entitled “Private Places.”
Since then she has become more passionate about plein aire landscape painting where not even snow, rain nor wind can daunt her enthusiasm. She maintains her art studio in Alpine, where she continues to explore color theory, and strong paint application in her work. Her paintings have been recognized in the “Deseret News Landscape Show,” and in plein aire competitions in the area. She has recently shown in “Utah Images Show,” “Utah Artists League Show,” and “Five Women Show” at Every Blooming Thing.
Nancy is a member of Women Out West: Professional Artists of Utah and Portrait Society of America. Her work is featured in Salt Lake City at Every Blooming Thing located at 1344 South 2100 East.