Art Exhibit: Nancy Lane, award-winning portrait and landscape artist

Nancy Lane artworkOne of the Canandaigua area’s most accomplished artists, whose painting won the top award in the Rochester Art Club’s highly competitive Fall Member Exhibition in 2017, will be exhibiting her original artwork at a Wood Library from March 11 to April 27. The community is invited to an opening reception for the show on March 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will feature Lane’s recent paintings in oil and watercolor, as well as charcoal drawings. Many of the landscape scenes are from the Canandaigua area.

Nancy Lane has been a professional picture book illustrator for 30 years. Her work has been published in more than 25 children’s books by multiple publishers and was featured in a Wood Library exhibition in 2011. Lane has studied painting with nationally renowned artists since 2013 to further her skills in oil painting, plein air painting, and portraiture.

“My choice to work directly from life, whether it be painting landscapes on the spot outdoors or hiring a model to sit for a portrait, has been the latest focus of my career as a professional artist,” Lane said. Last November, this new aspect to her career won recognition from the prestigious Rochester Art Club, of which she is a signature member, with three paintings juried in to the club’s fall member exhibition. Lane’s painting titled “The Journey,” a magical narrative piece, won best in show, the show’s highest honor.

Besides her fine art and illustration work, Lane teaches private art lessons and conducts an ongoing watercolor class at Pat Rini Rohrer Gallery in Canandaigua. Her work can be found on the web at and on Facebook at

Lane is a native of Penfield and attended Webster schools before studying art at Rochester Institute of Technology, the Parsons School of Design in New York City, and the Maryland Institute, College of Art, from which she graduated. She and her husband live in Bristol and have two grown children.