Nancy Paris Pruden, an award winning artist, lives and works in Houston, Texas, where she is represented by Thornwood Gallery, Houston. Growing up in Ft. Worth, Texas, Nancy started painting at a very early age when she won a scholarship to study drawing and later painting at the Experimental Art Program in Ft. Worth. By the time she graduated from high school, she was selling her art and is today shown in many nationally juried shows. Texture and color are her main interests, and she paints from life Alla Prima style in oils. Graduating from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Painting and Drawing, Nancy continued her training with workshops under David Leffel, Gregg Kreutz, Quang Ho, Carolyn Anderson, and Joe Anna Arnett before attending the Art Students League in New York. Her recent awards include first place in "Texas & Neighbors Regional Show", third places in the SKB Foundation Show and IAA Show, and an Award of Excellence in the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Show and HCAA Open Show. She was awarded Signature status in ACT (Artists Changing Tomorrow). Nancy lives in Houston with her husband, Terry, and organizes Painting Workshops in France, Italy, Ireland, and Mexico in the summer. Born March 14, 1946 Education: Gulf Park College ,Portraiture 1964-1965 Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing, University of Georgia 1965-1968. Studies at Art Student's League in New York Mary Beth McKenzie, Richard Pionk, Costa Vivagiakas, Michael Burban Graduate Studies in Painting Robert McCoy, Efim Frumin, Gregg Kreutz, Joan Potter, David Leffel, Joe Anna Arnett Work Experience: Montag Stationary, Atlanta design and illustration 1968-1972 Free Lance Commercial Art,Houston 1972-1978 Paris Pruden Inc.,Christmas card designer and producer 1978-1984 Paris Pruden Portraits , El Paso and Houston 1984-2006 Teaching portrait, still life @ landscape 2002-2006 Portraits: Two Portraits of John Hill, Jr. former Attorney General for State of Texas, One in the Texas State Supreme Court Bldg and one in the John L. Hill Library at the University of Texas. Judge Richard Bianchi at the Houston District Court House The John L. Nau Family of Houston The John Harris Family in Houston The Miguel Zaragosa Family of Mexico One Person Shows: Susan Eisen Gallery - E Paso, TX (1995) Somoza Simms Gallery - Houston, TX (2000) Adair Margo Gallery - El Paso, TX (2001) Evelyn Seigal Gallery - Fort Worth, TX (2002) Harris Gallery - Houston, TX (2005, 2006) Harris Gallery- Houston, Tx (2008, 2011) Group Shows: Fort Worth Museum of Art El Paso Museum of Art Harris Gallery - Houston, TX Evelyn Seigal Gallery - Fort Worth, TX Juried Shows: Museum of the Southwest Red River Valley Museum Homeland Artist Exhibition Bosque Conservancy Breckenridge Fine Arts Center American Women Artists Memberships: American Society of Portrait Artists Society of Classic Realism The Portrait Society of America Who's Who in America Who's Who in Women of the World Oil Painters of America Outdoor Painters Society Women Artists of the West American Impressionists Society