Nancy’s love for the arts and attachment to the landscape stems from early childhood lessons from her mother, a biology teacher and poet, and her father, a music director. Nancy created the art hikes for her thesis project in 1994 while receiving her Masters of Fine Arts degree from San Jose State University, and in 2004 founded Trails & Vistas Art Hikes in Truckee Tahoe.
“My art is about connection – to a place, to the earth, to people’s lives. The art hikes and my earth paintings are inspired by place, a place that is found by walking and learning to see more, hear more, and feel more of the land that is around me. Place is discovered by a shirt in feeling inspired by the landscape. My earth paintings are often inspired by a pattern on a rock or soil that is collected from a place and worked into the canvas. The stunning landscapes of Lake Tahoe inspire the site-specific performance and installation works of the art hikes.
Portion of the interview of Nancy with Ruth Chase 2017
Interviewing and getting to know Nancy was a treat for me as a fellow artist. Her work inspires me to see the natural world in a new way, that art can be used as a tool to communicate and connect with the world around us. Nancy lives and works in Truckee, CA, to learn more about her and the hikes she creates, click here.
Nancy Lopez is a featured participant of BELONGING, a community arts initiative led by Nevada County Arts Council, Artist-in-Residence Ruth Chase, generously funded in part by California Arts Council through its Artists Activating Communities Program.