Nancy Overbury is best known for using heavy buttery layers of impasto and thin translucent glazes of paint, applied with spatulas and found objects to emulate depth and to capture movement and feeling. She lives and studied Fine Arts in Montreal, Quebec, acquiring her BFA from Concordia University, but considers her most valuable art lessons were learned while studying in Nîmes, France. There she discovered how the quality of light and sky influence mood and motion. Her sources of inspiration lie in the natural landscape of Southern Quebec and its history.
I paint the fields and forests of the Laurentian Mountains from where I grew up, exploring their history hidden in the trees and hills. I use the trees as symbols for one’s Self in all its seasons. I see the coloured leaves, broken branches and rough bark as metaphors for personalities, events and struggles that we as people experience in our lives.
While creating these recordings of living histories, I extend the thick paint past the edges of the board, shaping an organic and uneven build up of colour to further indicate the wildness of nature – uncontained by our human desires.