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Life & Work with Nancy Achberger

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Martha Carmody

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nancy Achberger. 

Hi Nancy, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I have had a love for creating art since I was a child, and I was fortunate to have teachers in high school who encouraged me to pursue fine arts in college, where I majored in illustration. After college, I worked in the commercial art field, from paste-up and layout artist, illustrator, and art director. After my children were in elementary school, I continued to freelance and work part-time at various creative positions and also found time to continue my passion, painting. Over two decades ago, I began concentrating on fine art and found myself back to my first love, oil painting, and shortly after that, I started painting en plein aire, painting outdoors. 

I am an active member of the Cincinnati Art Club and the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati and have won numerous award for my paintings both locally and nationally. Over the years, I have had studio space at the Pendleton in OTR, the Essex in Walnut Hills, and for 10 years at the Loveland Artist Studios. 

In 2018, I opened my own studio and gallery with space to teach in Milford, the Painted River Art Studio. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has taken a while to get to this place where I am very happy to be creating in my own space. My family has been my primary focus through the years, but painting is my passion. And this journey is constantly evolving and ongoing. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a painter. My primary focus is oil painting, but I also do other mediums, watercolor, pastel, mixed media. My subjects are places around me. Many of the tristate area and some of places I have traveled to. I paint outdoors, plein air painting. I love to paint outdoors because I feel energized and excited about the living and breathing world around me and I love to express that through my paintings. 

I try to find something unique and interesting about my subject that may be overlooked by others. I paint with brushes and palette knife in a loose, impressionistic style transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary by showing a different point of view. A garden with an explosion of color or the weathered old buildings of our beautiful city can evoke an emotional and meaningful connect for the viewer. I want my guests to be captivated by the scene before them. 

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Being able to be out in nature and painting the scene, nothing is more rewarding or satisfying. I thank God every day for giving me this gift. 

And I’ve been able to give back my gift through teaching. Helping students to see and understand painting. Teaching people to nurture their inner artist and to be gentle with themselves to allow their talent and creativity a place to grow. 

And most of all, my family and my grandchildren. Oh my, what a joy they are, and how lucky I am to be able to spend time with them! 

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