About the Artist
Nancy Clark Broach
I’ve always found comfort and inspiration in both art and nature and spent endless hours of my childhood perched in the branches of an old cedar or sitting on rocks watching the waters of the farm's creek slide by. I could sit for hours drawing a tree, a leaf or even a rock. From the time I was 5 years old I remember sitting and painting with my mother on the kitchen floor of the old farmhouse in South Carolina where I grew up. I loved visiting the gentle beaches and salt marsh of the Carolina coast rapt by the rhythm of life of fiddler crabs, pelicans and dolphins and the sea oats anchoring the dunes.
I went on to earn an art education degree and have taught both in classrooms and in the field as an outdoor educator and naturalist. I've led ropes course challenges, backpacking , rock climbing and whitewater canoe trips in various parts of the world including both coasts of the US, Belize and Australia. It was always such joy to lead night hikes or other nature awareness activities along with creative writing exercises to capture the experience.
I discovered watercolor painting while visiting the cloud forest of Costa Rica in 1983. It continues to be my favorite medium for capturing the soft mists and diffused light of the Pacific Northwest, which I now call home. I also enjoy revisiting my memories of the wild beautiful coast and lighthouses of the East Coast in my art.
My hope is that my creations will impart a sense of sanctuary and memory and capture nature’s beauty. I create and teach to share joy while encouraging others to open their own vision of the beauty that surrounds us in nature.
In the News....
Olympia Artist Nancy Broach Brings Washington Wildlife to Life with Beautiful Watercolor
Although the rain can be rather dreary, it gives us beautiful scenery to boast about here in the Pacific Northwest. The nature scenes in Thurston County are enough to inspire anyone. For Olympia artist like Nancy Broach, it has served as a great source of creative energy. Through her business Wild Art Watercolors, Nancy strives to connect people to each other and to nature through her beautiful watercolor pieces.