Pastel painting of a fenced-in flower garden

Cape May Garden
By Nancie King Mertz
9 x 12 in.
Soft pastel on mounted UART (demo for a Zoom class)
Available through ArtDeTriumph in Chicago

An award-winning artist, Nancie has spent her lifetime painting in oil & pastel.

Education: University of Illinois with a BFA in Painting, where she was a James Scholar; Eastern Illinois University with an MA in Painting, served as Instructor of Art 3 years; named 2009 Distinguished Alum of the Graduate School and 2016 Distinguished Alum of the University. She was awarded the Master Circle Medallion by the Int’l Assoc. of Pastel Societies in 2015, their Eminent Pastelist distinction in 2018, and Winner Prix de Pastel, IAPS 2018. She is also a Master Signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Chicago Pastel Painters.

She teaches across the US and internationally and is on the faculty for the Plein Air Convention, PleinAir Live and the IAPS Convention. The Jack Richeson Co. offers 4 of her sets of 80 hand-selected pastels thru their site (and sold in Nancie’s gallery). Streamline Publishing filmed an Urban Pastel Painting video of her painting techniques for Lilidahl DVD release. She has been named the 2021 Guest of Honor by the French Pastel Society, where a show of her work will be featured in Giverny, France. She offers Zoom & destination workshops around the world and local demos, and serves as a juror for gallery, magazine and online shows across the country.

Mertz has traveled to nearly 20 countries and around the US for inspiration, however, Chicago remains her favorite city to explore and paint, where she was twice named “Artist of the Year.” Collectors marvel at the beauty she finds in the urban setting and have said she “softens the edges of the city.”

Nancie produces approx. 150 paintings each year, most on-site. Her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Journal in Feb. 2015, along with a 7-page article on her work and a feature article was in PleinAir Magazine. Fall 2020, she had feature articles in Southwest Art and Pratique des Arts. See her work on many of the Chicago-themed TV shows such as the Good Wife, Chicago Fire and others.

Her husband, Ron, publishes her sold originals in Giclée prints & cards and they own ArtDeTriumph & Artful Framer Studios at 2938 N Clark in Chicago, open 7 days a week. Visit for hundreds of paintings of Chicago & the World.