I believe that people do not buy artwork. They lay down their hard-earned dollars to initiate a memory of someone or something that is very dear to them. People may buy their dream home, decorate, and re-decorate it to the hilt, filling it with the best furniture, electronics (wide-screen TV’s, stereo systems and the like), and all sorts of luxuries that money can buy. However, many of these things in time will break, wear out, or be replaced with “new and improved” versions of the same. Even their dream home will be sold off to some stranger when people are gone or can no longer afford, maintain, or use it.
A painting, on the other hand, will be passed on from generation to generation as an heirloom, often with no money changing hands. It will be enjoyed long after its subjects have died or have passed out of existence. Paintings document our ancestry, history, and former ways of life, giving up the knowledge and experience to better our lives and society. They are indispensable to the value we place on the memory of our parents, the moral instruction of our children, and the human quality of our own everyday lives.
Photographs do an excellent job recording in two dimensions a three dimensional person, object, and/or scene. With today’s technologies, including digital photography and Photoshop, that third dimension of the subject is ever increasing. Nevertheless, a person’s true dimension extends beyond the physical world and its high-tech tools. It includes their life experiences, attitudes, and beliefs and how they picture themselves in this life and the universe.
As an artist, I especially enjoy discovering that unique “true dimension” of my subject matter. One of the truly rewarding parts of any commission, I find, comes before the first brush stroke is even placed. I love to sit down with my subjects. By getting to know them, we discover a way together to best express their true spirit or that of someone or something they truly love. It is then my job to use the tools of my trade—light, the tactile richness of pure pigment, and always composition—to express what I have grown to know. Regardless of size or complexity, each painting truly is precious to me—each one is a precious piece in that forever incomplete puzzle called the human condition.
Nancy (June-Marie) Morrissey, a self-taught artist, specializes in portraits of people in a setting of their passion, dreams, or future aspirations. Nancy begins with the reality of her subjects and helps them conceptualize where their dreams could take them in the future if they choose to follow their heart.
Nancy began her professional career as an English and Literature teacher in a Catholic grade school. She soon realized that her passion for the Arts extended beyond the classroom, which required that she reach into the applied painting and literary fields. Initially, Nancy received copyrights for a number of poetry works and commissions for portraits of children, pets, and other portrait subjects. Originally an oil painter, she decided to embrace acrylic paint, because with modern technologies it has become more durable, and as an heirloom it will not yellow or fade over time.
After a hiatus to be a stay-at-home Mom to raise her two sons, now 14 and 12 years old, Nancy began painting portraits of characters that depicted people in a setting that expressed the emotion of their character. These portraits make up two series; both are displayed on this website under “Gallery of Work”. Her first series depicts actual characters of various Civil War reenactments.
These characters are caught between devotion to their cause, whether Union or Confederate, and the realization of their personal feelings about war. Her second series is based upon characters from different Renaissance Faires throughout the years.
Additionally, Nancy has been commissioned to paint families in scenes of dream vacation hideaways or other locations of their choosing. She has also painted many stock portraits, landscapes, and still life scenes.