About Nancy L Smith

Drawing and working with different textures is my favorite approach to creating art.  As a young teen, I loved nothing more than going to a fabric store to study all the patterns, colors and textures, and then figuring how to combine them. Working with colors and collage materials in water-media is very similar to that experience.

When viewers observe my paintings, it is an invitation to discover additional elements they may have overlooked at first glance. This symbolizes taking a deeper look inside oneself. There are so many layers to each of us, many of which we don’t recognize or don’t want to accept. I want my paintings to remind people that beauty exists not only on the surface but also in the deep dark places.


Nancy Smith is an award winning artist and the author of Women Speak: Poetry, Portraits and Prose of the Feminine Experience. She displays her works frequently in solo exhibitions and been accepted in numerous juried group exhibitions.

She studied water-media and collage painting with several artists influential to her style including Luna Lee Ray and Mary Todd Beam.

Memberships include Orange County Artists Guild and Durham Art Guild. She is co-owner of Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.



Arts Council of Cataret County-Morehead City, NC 1st Place Award 2023

Masters of Domestic Animal Art Juried Exhibition -Wild Heart Gallery- Coachella Valley, CA Special Merit Award 2023

Durham Art Guild 66th Annual Juried Show– SunTrust Art Gallery, Durham, NC 2020

Women Speak – Solo Show- Frank Community Gallery 2019

Women Speak –Orange County Arts Commission- Grant Award– 2018

Durham Art Guild Members Show– SunTrust Gallery- Durham, NC  Merit Award 2018

Resolutions – Hillsborough Gallery of Art Juried Show- Hillsborough, NC 2018

Winners Circle– 311 Gallery – Raleigh, NC 2017

Resolutions– Hillsborough Gallery of Art Juried Show – Hillsborough, NC 2016

Eggistentialism– 311 Gallery- Raleigh, NC, 1st Place Award 2016

Small Treasures – Cary Gallery of Art – Cary, NC 2015

Eggistentialsim – 311 Gallery- Raleigh, NC, Honorable Mention Award 2015

Durham Art Guild 61st Annual Juried Show– SunTrust Art Gallery, Durham, NC 2015

Small Treasures– Cary Gallery of Art- Cary, NC 2014

Fine Arts League of Cary– Page-Walker Arts and History Center, Cary, NC 2014

Flamingo Fling– Solo Show, Carrboro, NC 2013

Press and Publications

It’s all About the Story Exhibit – Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, DAILY TARHEEL, March 2024

A GODLESS ASCENDS, Trish Hopkinson, 2024


NORTH CAROLINA LITERARY REVIEW, January Online Edition 2019 

GENETICS IN MEDICINE, Vol.21, number 2, February 2019

d’VERSE Poets Publication, November 2018

Art Center Show Cases Student’s Work, DAILY TARHEEL, March 2014