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Nancy Takaichi

Plein Air Painter, San Jose CA

Nancy Takaichi lives in San Jose, CA and paints all over Northern CA. She grew up near Cincinnati ,Ohio and went to DePauw University in Indiana where she majored in art, with a painting emphasis. She spent a semester in New York City as an apprentice to Jack Beal and Jane Frelicher in the late 70s. All of this instilled in her a strong foundation in figure, landscape, still life, and art history.  She moved to San Jose, and focused on her career in high tech while raising a family. She returned to painting in 2012. She won 2016 and 2017 Best of Show in North Lake Tahoe Plein Air, as well as 2017 and 2018 First Place and Best of Show in Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout (Alameda). She has been juried into the prestigious Los Gatos Plein Air and Carmel Art Festival 4 times. She is an Artist Member in California Art Club, where she has shown her work as well as into the Santa Clara Triton Museum 2D Art state-wide competition, where she won an Honorable Mention. In 2020, Plein Air Magazine named her one of “11 Emerging Plein Air Painters to Start Collecting Now”. 

Nancy’s work is known for its strong design and light and she explores a wide range of subject matter. “I’m game to try new subject matter because, really, it’s all just shapes. Shapes with a light side and a shadow. The fun is in how to interpret it: the composition, the color palette, the paint application, what to eliminate, and what to enhance. The more I paint from life, the more necessary it is that I do so. It’s the difference between seeing a distant mountain, and thinking of the air between me and that distant mountain. Much is intangible, yet in thinking about it, it’s sure to reflect in the work”.

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Represented by :
Colibri Art , Morgan Hill 
Gallery 24, Los Gatos
Piper J Gallery, Truckee




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