"We can ask no greater joy than to go gently through this place that has been given to us, and make something out of it. Not necessarily to fully understand it, for that might be an impossible task, but to honor it in our own way."

Robert Genn, Canadian Painter and author of The Painters Keys  May 15, 1936 - May 27, 2014

Despite a lifetime of moving around the United States as part of a military family, Nancy has always regarded the coastal areas of Maryland and Virginia as home.  Her love of the Chesapeake Bay area is evident in many of her landscapes and she enjoys painting en plein air as often as possible.

Starting her artistic career as a portrait painter, she still enjoys painting occasional portraits. However, in 1997 she began combining her interest in the figure with that of the landscape, resulting in a series of figurative beach paintings that has gained recognition and acceptance in galleries coast to coast. More recently she has have been concentrating on "contemporary life", especially people art work, concentrating on bistro and kitchen scenes. Her figurative work is equally balanced by plein air and studio landscapes where she strives to capture the essence of the scene. The artist can also be found painting still life because she believes that a well rounded artist should be able to approach any subject with confidence.

She is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, and a juried member the Washington Society of Landscape Painterswww.wslp.org , the Oil Painters of America, ,and the Salmagundi Club in NYC. In 2004, Tankersley was one of the primary organizers of the first annual Easton Plein Air Competition and Arts Festivalwww.pleinair-easton.com. and served as the Competition Chairperson in 2005 and 2006. She works at the Easton Studio (www.easton-studio.com) where she teaches weekly classes and several weekend workshops a year. 


Miami University, Fine Art 1967-69
U. of Calif., Santa Cruz B.A. 1975
Numerous workshops with various artists including Ken Auster, Carolyn Anderson, Kim English, Quang Ho, Jon Redmond



2017 - Best of Show, Lighthouse Artcenter Plein Air Festival, Tequesta, Florida

2016 - Dickinson Signature Member Award, American Impressionist Society Annual Juried Exhibit

2016 - Best Painting by a Maryland Artist, Plein Air Easton

2016 - Plein Air Richmond, Honorable Mention

2015 - Oil Painters of America Eastern Exhibit, Award of Excellence

2015 - American Impressionist Society Annual Juried Exhibit, Honorable Mention
2015 - Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD Members Show - Best Landscape

2015 - Door County Plein Air Quick Draw, Artist's Choice Award

2014 - En Plein Air Texas, Award of Excellence for Capturing the West Texas Light

2014 - Plein Air Richmond, Gamblin Award

2014 - January Finalist in Raymar On-line Competition

2013 - Plein Air Easton, Second Place

2013 - Plein Air Richmond, Third Place

2012 - Finalist, February Bold Brush Competition

2011 - Jane Shannanhan Offutt Memorial Award, Excellence in Painting in the Realist        Tradition   Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD.

2010 - Finalist, Fine Art Studios Bold Brush on-line competition

2010 - Vasari Award for Excellence in Oils, Plein Air-Easton! Quick Draw   Competition
2010 - Honorable Mention, Wayne Plein Air Festival
2009 - A. Brittain Banghart Award for Excellence in Painting the Figure, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
2008 - Best in Show and First Place in Professional Category, Chesapeake College Open Competition, Wye Mills, MD.
2007- A. Brittain Banghart Award, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
2006-  Artist's Choice Award, for painting River Bend Paint-out, Great Falls, VA
2006- Directors Award, First Place. Art League, Alexandria, Virginia
2005 - Award of Merit, Urban Landscapes, Art League, Alexandria, Va
2005 - Equal Award, Art league, Alexandria, VA
2005 - Finalist, Raymar National Art Competition
2004 - Kirstein Award, Best in Show, Art League
2000 - First Place, Patrons Show, Art League, Alexandria, VA.

Recent Shows:


2016 - American Masters Exhibit, invitational fundraiser, Salmagundi Club, NYC

2016 - Salmagundi Club, Nautical Theme Exhibition, New York, NY

2015 - Waterfowl Art Festival, Easton, MD

2015 – American Impressionist Society 16th Annual Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ

2015 - Oil Painters of American, Eastern Regional  Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN

2014 -Portraying the Human Spirit, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT

2014 - American Impressionist Society 15th Annual Exhibition, Denver, CO.

2014 - South Street Art Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Easton, MD

2014 - Chadds Ford Gallery, Chadds Ford, PA two person exhibit

2013 - Oil Painters of American Eastern Regional Exhibit, McBride Gallery, Annapolis (October)

2013 - American Impressionist Annual Exhibition 14th Annual Exhibition, Gallery M, Charleston, SC (Oct. 2013)

2013 - Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

2011 - The American Impressionist Society 13th Annual Juried Exhibition, Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel, CA


Plein Air Events

2016, 2014, 2013, 2012 Plein Air Richmond

2016, 2015  Olmsted Plein Air Invitational

2015 Telluride Plein Air 

2014 En Plein Air Texas
2009 and 2010- Sedona Plein Air
2008, 2009, 2010,  2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 -  Plein Air Easton
2008 and 2010 -Wayne Plein Air

Shows Juried:

2016 - Long Beach Island Foundation Plein Air Plus

2015 - Canandaigua Plein Air - Awards Judge

2013 - October/November Juror - Plein Air Salon sponsored by Plein Air Magazine

2011 - Easels in Fredrick Awards Judge -www.easelsinfrederick.org

2010 - Dueling Brushes Event, Awards Judge, Paint Annapolis
2010 - Maryland Federation of Art, Awards Judge, January members show
2009 - Maryland Mountains Plein Air Jurist and Awards Judge, Cumberland, MD
2008 - Out and About, Plein Air Competition, Awards Judge,Norfolk, VA
2007 - National League of American Pen Women, Gaithersburg, MD
2007 -  Maryland Pastel Society, Rockville, MD
2007 and 2008 -  Gunpowder Falls Plein Air Competition, Monkton, MD
2006 -  Chesapeake College Open Competition, Wye Mills, MD


Professional Affiliations:

American Impressionist Society, Signature Member

Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters, Signature Member

Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Washington, DC