Roy’s Station
11×14 in., oil on canvas panel

In the five years she returned to her love of painting, Nancy Takaichi’s work is getting noticed for her well-designed compositions and strong sense of light and place. Her loose, yet controlled brushwork celebrates her love of working in oil paint.
Nancy was born in Cincinnati, graduated with an art degree from DePauw University, which included an apprenticeship in Manhattan with art greats, Jack Beal and Jane Freilicher. She moved to northern California in 1980 to get her MFA, but ended up working in high tech for 30 years. In 2012 she returned to painting. The temperate bay area climate gives her year-round access to a variety of scenery.
Her hard work is paying off with a string of recent successes; she received an award in every plein air event she entered in 2016 and 2017.

Recent Awards and Upcoming Events:
2017 Frank Bette Award in the Frank Bette Plein Air (Alameda, CA)
2016, 2017 Best of Show North Tahoe Arts Plein Air
2016, 2017 Honorable Mention, Capitola Plein Air
2016 First Place, 2017 Honorable Mention, Los Gatos Members Show, Grand Jury Winner Santa Clara County Plein Air 2017.
Participant in learning at the intensive PAPA Masters Workshop, Cartersville, GA, March 2018
First year juried into Carmel Plein Air Festival May 2018

Co-Instructor with Randall Stauss in the 2018 Plein Air Lake Tahoe Workshop August 13-15. Spots still available. Contact [email protected]


  1. HI Nancy,I really like your work and the fact that you are local is even better.
    I am looking for an original to hang in my living space. Since I am from Los Gatos, I was wondering if you had any works that were taken locally of town, Testarosa, etc. I am looking for something approximately 24 by 30
    I look forward to hearing from you
    Barbara Gallien


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