We had the good fortune of connecting with Nancy Roux and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nancy, why did you pursue a creative career?
It’s pretty much the other way around; my art career chose me. As the daughter of artist parents, it was pretty much a given that I’d pursue some sort of creative path. Over the years, I’ve been blessed to be aple to apply my design skills professionally in the advertising, presentation and training fields. However, my current creative pursuit – creating digital abstract artwork from my photography – comes the closes to expressing my spirit’s passion.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Just as a painter creates artwork with a brush or knife, I create artwork with a camera and computer. Like most people, I’m passionate about the infinite variety of color, texture and design in nature. I call it “God’s Living Sketchbook”, and it truly lights my hair on fire. Apply that to the fundamental principles of design and the results ignite my soul. The most important lesson I learned in art school was HOW TO SEE. Once you understand that, everything else falls into place. The most important lesson I’ve learned since that time is how to follow God’s lead as he shows me where to look. He never disappoints. I feel that there are two major factors that set me apart from other artists, One – my work represents a significant departure from mainstream artwork, and two – I place as much emphasis on the way my work is presented as I do on the work itself. A good example of that is my original line of Mantelpiece Works(TM), select works of photographic art infused on high-gloss aluminum and suspended within an original 3D tabletop display of my own design and construction. Each is handcrafted using a custom combination of hardwood, metals and glass. I’ve always believed in the importance of showcasing my work in the best possible venues, jurying into such world-class art shows as the Beverly Hills artSHOW, La Jolla Festival of the Arts, Southwest Arts Festival, Indian Wells Arts Festival, Calabasas Fine Arts Festival, Ojai Art in the Park, Balboa Island Art Walk, San Diego Festival of the Arts, Fountain Festival of Art, Laguna Art-A-Fair Fine Arts Festival, and Cove Gallery Laguna. Has it been easy? Not by a longshot. Would I do it again? Absolutely… in a heartbeat. What is it they say – ? “When you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It probably comes as no surprise that most of my favorite spots in the city involve either photography – or eating! San Diego was our target destination when my husband and I made the move from New England to California – and we were delighted to discover that there’s no shortage of coastal scenery, attractions or restaurants in the vicinity. La Jolla Cove and nearby tidepools top my list of favorites as much of my artwork originated from photographs I captured in the area. Wildlife is abundant; on my last visit, I crossed paths with a vast assortment of tidepool creatures, a trio of seagulls who loudly demanded I surrender my sandwich, pelicans aplenty, a curious (and fearless) ground squirrel and a gregarious seal who kindly posed for a photo. You just never know who you’re going to meet there. Birch Aquarium, San Diego Botanic Garden and Old Town are close competitors. And, speaking of Old Town, you have not lived until you’ve dined at Jack & Giulios. If I ever find myself imprisoned and on death row, my last meal would have to include at least one of their exquisite lemon drop martinis, shrimp bisque and Scampi alla Giulio. San Diego is a nice place to visit – and, I don’t know a soul who wouldn’t want to live there.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
For starters, here’s a big shoutout to our creator God! He made us and gave each one of us our own unique abilities. In my case, he blessed me with a passion for design in nature and an eye for the abstract. Nothing compares to the thrill of introducing a new work of art and witnessing the way in which it touches another person’s soul. I also gratefully acknowledge and offer huge thanks to my husband, Joe, whose support and encouragement have never waivered. From bankrolling my initial startup, to helping set up and teardown my weekend arts festival displays, to adding a piece of my artwork to his Christmas Wish List, “Mr. Nancy Roux Photography” has had my back from the very start.
Nancy Roux Photography