Meet: Nancy Noreth

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Some of my earliest and fondest memories as a child are of me and my brother playing under my dad’s cutting tables in the garment industry. Coming from a family that owns a textile service company, I was always surrounded by beautiful patterns and designs. As an adult I realize that most of my art, illustrations and designs are a reflection of precious memories I hold dear.

Along with the memories I have of spending time with my parents at their work, I also had the privilege of spending my summers and weekends at my grandmothers house in Mexico. One of my grandmothers biggest pride and joys was her garden by the beach. She is the reason why most of my art is botanical and floral themed. Even the color schemes I lean on the most are found in tiny parts of her home. Like her dusty rose cabinets, and her mauve couches she use to own.

It was not until I met my husband that I considered myself an artist. I knew I had the creativity to paint and draw. I inherited most of my talent from my father's side of the family. My father's side is filled with artists musicians and writers. I will always love my husband for taking me out of my comfort zone and pushing me to pursue my dreams and passion. His persistence of getting my work into the world helped me start my career as an artist.

At the age of 25, I had my first art gallery opening in the city of Long Beach CA. Seeing my work on an advertised flyer was a such a wonderful feeling. I will admit it was hard for me at first  but I couldn't depart with my precious art pieces. But I knew I had to put a price on my artwork, and as an artist that's probably one of the hardest things to overcome.

It became easier to put a price on my work through photography. For 10 years my husband and I owned our own professional photography business capturing beautiful memories for families all around the world. I retired in 2015 when my husband and I went into full time ministry. This is when I discovered the wonders of creating my art digitally. Ever since then my IPad Pro goes with me everywhere so when inspiration hits I grab my Apple Pencil and start sketching away.

In 2016 I lost my precious grandmother. It was one of the hardest seasons of my life. Not only did I lose my grandmother, I also had lost the desire of illustrating. Everything would remind me of her.

But then I found Bonnie's class. I was so excited to get back in gear and  learn the one thing I’ve always dreamed of learning, “Surface Pattern Designs.” As an illustrator and designer, I already had the skill and ability to design artwork that reflected my style. I knew that this would expand my brand and business. It had been a long awaited dream to create my first collection! Receiving my first fabric samples of my first collection was a dream turned into reality. Her classes are direct and to the point and never misleading. She makes you feel right at home! I have also recently joined her Roost Tribe which for me is such a great help knowing that I have a wonderful group of supporters that I can count on. She is transparent honest and welcoming. I’m excited for all the new opportunities that I know I will encounter for my brand thanks to her amazing classes! As my brand and style grow I am proud that I can look back and know that most of what I illustrate is genuine and true to myself.