This is me!
So this is me, the face of NancyeArtist. I’m Nancye, originally from a small village south of Plymouth England, now living in The Netherlands, in a small village south of Eindhoven. I’ve come full circle from the countryside to the town back to the countryside and I love it. I feel like I’m back home. There are no winding country lanes here, it’s all flat and open but it has it’s own beauty and the smells are just the same! Why am I still here I hear you ask? Well I found my soul mate just three years ago, a tall Dutch man, who will in August of this year, become my husband. So it’s all worth it!
I always loved art as a child and whilst all hell was breaking loose all around me, I found solace in art.
My art teacher was an inspiration as she was the only adult that really listened to me.
I always wanted to study art but was told by my adult people that it would never earn me a living.
So I went into design and moved over to The Netherlands to study a BA in Design.
After graduating I went into health care for people with mental illnesses and aimed to combine my art to become an art therapist.
Roll on 2009 and after a traumatic day at work I became suddenly very ill. I started having terrible nightmares every night and found it hard to concentrate and felt exhausted and anxious.
When things became to much for me to bare and I didn’t want to go through it anymore I was admitted into hospital on a ward for people with mental illnesses. I stayed there a month whilst they tried to sort out some kind of medication for me.
Unable to work I tried to find some sort of hobby to keep me busy whilst I was staying there. I finally found a place where they made art.
So I went, feeling anxious but quite quickly picked up my pencils and ended up designing my own pattern. Pretty much where I had left off at college. I was told to do what I wanted, what did I want to make? And so began my journey into all that glitters.
Three years later I was diagnosed with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of my childhood and the family life I experienced. It turned out I had been suppressing all my memories and feelings until it literally exploded out of me.
I entered into a long battle of therapy and learning again how to live, to love, to survive in a positive way.
Meanwhile i continued on my journey of making new art and it started to develop into what it is now.
My art style is now bursting full of colour, is terribly glittery and is made by that little girl within who was denied her childhood and who is now learning every day, to play, have fun, live life and love with her happy little heart.
Here is a pencil drawing I made whilst designing my 'Chin Up Chicken' greeting card