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Nancy A. Higgins

Tiers, Layers and Spaces
Acrylic, Sumi ink, Collaged papers
36" x 36"

A Northwest coast native, Nancy Higgins has immersed herself in the floral and fauna found in abundance in the west coast. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon she participated in the New and Upcoming Artist exhibition in 2005, since then she has also participated in numerous solo and group shows.
Most of my work is inspired by the four primary elements, earth, water, air and fire and the primal connection we all have to these forces in nature. 
My mixed media paintings continue the exploration of ideas that form the foundation of a larger body of work that has as its focus each individual element, and the tiers and layers that are found in nature everywhere.
Through the use of a variety of different media that includes both oil and acrylic paints, metal leaf and collage, my paintings are a reflection of the connections between these elements, the texture and true essence of their respective expressions as they are reflected in and by nature. The landscape of the Northwest is a great source of pride, comfort and peace; with my paintings I strive to establish the beauty, the sacredness and the connections we have with all living things.
We are put together emotionally and physically in tiers and layers. The image is about outer
and inner layering, that which protects our heart and soul, the life source and foundation of all
living beings, all living things. Although we may be divergent characters,we are all beings created
within the same framework and are the same Tiers and Layers, each of us needing our "little" spaces of our own. The spaces that allow us to meditate and develope the sacredness that is ourselves.