Nancy Sargent

Nancy Sargent


Nancy Sargent

Artist Statement:

Einstein said, “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious . . . whoever does not know it, can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are diminished.”

“It is precisely in the ordinary that wonder (and mystery) can disclose the most splendor. Wonder enriches us to push the apparent order to discover the real. Wonder (and mystery) transforms perception. It gives us new eyes through which we see the world and (the artist and viewer are able to) journey deep into its possibilities and nature. Wonder (and mystery) keeps experience fresh and curiosity alive. Be open to it and welcome it.”
“Soulful Spirituality”, by David G. Brenner.

My love of color and flowers bring about symbols, patterns and rhythms that bring about wonder and mystery taking on a life of their own, becoming more about the act of painting than the images themselves. Matisse’s freedom of color exploration is what truly excites me into discovering the infinite possibilities of artistic expression.


Nancy Kinsey Sargent, born and raised in Fish Creek graduated from Gibraltar High School at a time when there was no art program. She spent her summers working at the Summertime Gift & Coffee Shop then owned by her parents. Thanks to a generous godmother, Agnes P. Ryan, who supported Nancy financially, she was able to attend Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she studied painting under Sr. Mary Thomasita O.S.F., and ceramics with Irene Kilmurry. Graduating in 1964 with a B.A. degree in education with a concentration in art, she returned to Fish Creek to teach elementary art. That summer, she solo exhibited at the newly opened Francis Hardy Gallery in Ephraim. Her first year of teaching art took her to eight different elementary schools throughout northern Door County. Principal Tom Birmingham asked Nancy if she would start the art program at the high school level. So capturing the biology room in the afternoons, she wrote curriculum and proceeded to teach beginning high school art classes. Second semester evolved into an art history approach, coordinating curriculum with Ancient History classes.

After marriage to husband John, and 13 different moves they settled in Milwaukee with their two sons, Matt and Andrew, and proceeded to open an advertising and public relations agency. Nancy worked there, observing creative directors and art directors functioning in the commercial world.

In 1997, Nancy and John retired to Fish Creek, and Nancy worried about the comment “you can’t go home again” . . . but home she came. A friend, called her one afternoon and said, “Nancy, it’s time you meet all the wonderful people at the Peninsula School of Art!” She met the folks, renewed her connection with the arts and her creative energies again found a garden in which to bloom. Friends, artists, mentors and teachers Franne Dickinson, Margaret Lockwood and Mike Judy encouraged her to pursue her latent passion exploring painting in acrylic and pastel mediums.

She has taught beginning acrylics, and exhibited her work in the Peninsula School of Art’s Student Show, the Women’s Salon of Art, and at the Paint Box Gallery. Nancy exhibited her first collection of work as an emerging artist in 2001 at the Snow Star Gallery Ltd. in Fish Creek. She received an “Award of Excellence” at the Door County Art League’s 2001 Fall Exhibit on a pastel painting titled “Summer Daze”. She continues to be juried into shows at the Hardy Center for the Arts in Ephraim, the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay, and was a featured guest artist with Franne Dickinson at Woodwalk Gallery summer 2008. She has exhibited with the Women of the Broads Salon at the Link Gallery in Fish Creek, and in 2010 exhibited her work, “Flowers, Flowers, Flowers” at Mr. Helsinki’s in Fish Creek. In 2011 Nancy exhibited with sister, Andrea Kinsey Jauquet in “Two Sisters – More Than One Way” at Unitarian Universalist Church in Ephraim and in October exhibited work at Picket Fence Studio, Egg Harbor. In 2012 she exhibited at The Gallery at Door Peninsula Winery, Carlsville.

  • Acrylics 100%
  • Pastels 100%