Nancy Friedman Cohen has a passion for painting, photography, clay sculpting and music throughout her life since she was a little girl, which has enabled her to express her creativity and spirituality. Her subjects vary from the landscapes, spiritual masks, the body as landscape, people, and magical realism. She uses a variety of materials including soft and oil pastels, clay, found objects both natural and man-made, paint, and poetry.
As a child, she studied oil painting with a well- known artist in West Orange, NJ. She also studied nude figure drawing with artist, Joseph Palumbo, MFA, for four years at the Student Art League of New York City. She received many awards locally for her drawing and paintings at juried and non- juried art shows.
During her studies at Windham College in Putney, Vermont, Nancy continued to paint landscapes plein air, mixed media, and studied photography with Harold Feinstein. She had numerous group and individual photography shows in Vermont.
Acceptance into a one- year full time post graduate residency program at the Maine Photographic workshop in Rockport, Maine, enabled Nancy to more fully develop her own unique style and particular interest in landscape photography and painting. She would often write poetry or compose music on the piano, which would be displayed alongside particular landscape paintings at art exhibits. Numerous group photography shows in Maine as well as at the International Center of Photography, NYC exhibited her work.
For the past 36 years, Nancy has been painting weekly at an art studio with other artists in Somerville, NJ as well as her home studio, both painting from her photographs of nature as well as on site locations. She has had numerous group shows with some of her fellow artists at various local venues. Her paintings were also exhibited and sold for many years at the Mona Lisa Gallery in Maplewood, NJ.
Nancy is a member of the Pastel Society of NJ, Art4All Studio student, The National Arts Alliance, the Salve Regina University Alumni Expressive Arts program, and the Franklin Township Visual Arts Committee. Nancy is a practicing psychotherapist, creative arts therapist, and pianist for the past 36 years in Somerset, NJ. She brings her experience and understanding of the art making process to facilitate process painting and expressive arts workshops locally for people of all ages, who would like to learn how to unlock and express their creative energies in order to be more playful, self-confident, and connected with the larger community.
It is Nancy’s hope that through her paintings, that you may be inspired with the wonder and sacredness of life and nature, and to preserve and protect our natural world for generations to come.