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Meet Nancy Christy-Moore, Artist and Instructor in Surprise

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nancy Christy-Moore.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nancy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve been an artist since childhood, but my formal art education began at Columbia Christian College (now Columbia College) in Missouri, and continue at two commercial art schools: American Academy of Art in Chicago and Art Center School in Los Angeles. I didn’t seek a career in commercial art, but instead married, had a child and didn’t return to my art until my late 30’s when, after an epiphany, I chose to pursue painting as a fine artist.

Starting as a watercolor artist after discovering an allergy to oil paints, I soon moved into the world of mixed media and abstract art and began teaching and exhibiting my art in the Southern California areas where I lived.

Years later when relocating to Kansas, I continued exhibiting my work in galleries and art centers, and teaching in adult education non-credit classes for both junior college and art centers as I had done in California. When we relocated to Arizona, I continued teaching workshops for art centers and art groups around the state and exhibiting my work in galleries, museums and art centers.

I have had over 20 solo exhibits, with two in Japan, and I have received many honors and awards over the past thirty-plus years of my painting career. I feel bless to be able to continue painting, teaching and exhibiting my work at this stage of my life.

You can find my work at and also on You Tube where I have 32 short videos featuring my techniques and special effects in water media painting. I also have produced a 32 minute video, “Nancy Christy-Moore Paints Together Again” which is available on my website. Later this year I will be featured in a Colour In Your Life 24 minute video covering my career and painting techniques which will be found on You Tube and on various TV stations.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My chosen path has taken many turns, but for the most part my work has always been collected (internationally) and my classes are still filled with students eager to learn! I have been blessed with a very supportive husband without whose help I couldn’t achieve half what I have so far. The biggest barrier I encounter is the public’s perception of fine art and the artists who endeavor to bring it to life.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
My paintings and my teaching and demonstrating for various groups keeps me forever young and vigorous, mentally and physically.

Making my paintings happen by creating chaos and bringing order to it is my trademark style which has developed over my painting career. Using intuitive painting techniques (I call it “inner painting”) and drawing on my subconscious for imagery, I compose paintings as I go, rather than planning ahead as I was taught. My paintings are built using a layering process that encourages spontaneity and emotional engagement. Using strong colors combined with energetic movement, I can express my emotional attachments while telling the story I find revealed in each painting as I bring it to completion.

I’m always surprised by the images that evolve using this adventurous process. This process allows me to feel the paintings coming through me, as if I were a conduit or spiritual medium. What fun!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
My biggest lesson has been learning what people are looking for when they buy original fine art. Life has taken me on many journeys which have brought me to where I am today. Given what I had to deal with, I probably wouldn’t change anything.


  • Original fine art is priced generally higher than reproductions.
  • Galleries typically take 50% commission on an artists’ work.
  • When you are collecting art, the cost is only an issue in the absence of value.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 14300 N. 174th Lane
    Surprise, AZ 85388
  • Website:
  • Phone:(623) 487-4031

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