The works of Nancy Dagenais-Elliott transpose energy and inspiration. Since 2008, Nancy Dagenais-Elliott has been painting on a black background using large brush or knife strokes in vivid and colorful lines that reflect her life and personality. She is particularly pleased to see her subjects, inspired by the nature surrounding her home in the Pontiac, so easily revealed on a dark canvas. Her paintings have a casual style that catches the eye from one corner to the other of the canvas.
She has participated in several exhibitions in the Pontiac and the National Capital Region and in August 2005, Ottawa Life Magazine featured the artist and her works. Nancy Dagenais-Elliott is always looking to expand her artistic career by participating in various workshops both national: Tweed (Ontario), Baie-Saint-Paul (Quebec), and international (International School ICSCIS Tuscany, Italy). Italian landscapes inspired her to seek light and color in her paintings. One of her works was published in the exhibition catalog ‘Kangaroos, Beavers and Gorgonzola’. Her works are found in private collections, such as Zachary Richard, Jean Lapointe and Chef Michael Smith.
In spring 2019, Nancy Dagenais-Elliott took the leap into retirement from her full-time day job and discovered more time to enjoy her more creative passions in life as well as time with family (both in and out of her studio). Her first exhibition since retiring, entitled “Retirement,” was a joint showing with her four granddaughters aged 3 to 7 years.
After the realization that her life here in the Pontiac surrounded her by beauty, she now paints her backyard, what surrounds her and most often her subjects tend to be landscapes, specifically those of the rivers. The newly acquired piece by the MRC Pontiac, entitled “La Marsh à Scott,” is a 16 x 48-inch, acrylic on canvas expression of Nancy’s love for life, exaggerated colours and large brushes.