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Let’s Paint the Green Heart of Italy…Virtually! – with Nancie King Mertz

June 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am - June 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm


“While we dream of travel, let us use art to keep us together. Just eight months ago I was in Italy with many of you…in the kind of immersive, dedicated workshops that La Romita has been offering for more than fifty years. Central Italy is landscape sculpted by man, the architecture of another age, and ancient art that still inspires us today.

I’m very honored that La Romita School of Art has asked me to teach a Zoom Workshop on painting the region of Umbria! We’re scheduled for June 23-25 and I will provide 18+ hours of painting instruction.  Our group fell in love with La Romita last October when we toured the region with our plein air gear in-tow. Umbria is such a quietly beautiful region, and I captured many images we can use for inspiration.  My goal, as instructor, is to coach you as you paint landscape and structures, turning your efforts into dramatic, expressive paintings, exploring the inspiration of the masters. We will examine space, perspective, and design through practical hands-on lessons that help you build confidence.”

–Nancie King Mertz

Nancie King Mertz

Nancie King Mertz, has spent her lifetime painting in oil & pastel. She was awarded the Master Circle by Int’l Assoc. of Pastel Societies, Eminent Pastelist in 2018, and is a Master Signature member of Pastel Society of America & Chicago Pastel Painters. She juries & teaches workshops across the US and internationally and is on the faculty for the Plein Air Convention and the IAPS Convention. She was a 3 year Instructor of Art at Eastern IL University where she received her MA in Painting after completing her BFA in Painting at the University of IL. Her pastels are included in exhibits in the Butler Museum and museums in China and France.

Mertz has traveled to nearly 20 countries and around the US for inspiration, however, Chicago remains her favorite city to explore and paint, where she was twice named “Artist of the Year”. See her work on many of the Chicago-themed TV shows such as The Good Wife & Chicago Fire.

Nancie produces approximately 150 paintings each year, predominately plein air (on-site). Her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Journal in Feb. 2015, along with a 7 page article, and was a feature article in Plein Air Magazine in 2016 & 2018. She has won numerous painting awards, and has an Urban Set and Atmospheric Landscape Set of pastels and products in her name on Amazon. Liliedahl offers her instructional pastel videos.

Her husband, Ron, publishes her sold originals in Giclée prints & cards and together they own ArtDeTriumph & Artful Framer Studios at 2938 N Clark in Chicago, where she has won numerous business and community awards, as well as university distinction.


June 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am
June 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
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Nancie King Mertz

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