Nancy Hamilton: painter |

Nancy Hamilton: painter

John HartNancy Hamilton paints a wildlife study at the Ben Franklin store on Sutton Way Tuesday afternoon.
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For a month, painter Nancy Hamilton has taken an ad out in The Union seeking students. So far, she’s picked up one student via the ad: “Individual art classes by prof. artist. All mediums/subjects/ages. (530) 432-4363.”

Hamilton, who moved to Penn Valley from Australia seven years ago to be closer to family, has four students. She has taught painting for 12 years.

She is advertising for the first time.

“I just decided people don’t know what you’re doing unless you advertise,” said Hamilton, who has been an artist for 20 years.

“I want to advertise all over the United States, let it grow one spot at a time and teach others to instruct,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton is just starting to take a commercial approach to her work. She recently formed a business, Art Lines, and constructed a Web site at last week to promote it.

The site provides samples of her work and outlines three plans for artists who want to learn how to teach and another plan for non-artists who want to learn how to paint.

Hamilton said many of the studies will be conducted through correspondence.

“There’s a lot of artists out there who would like to be able to make money. They need tips,” Hamilton said. “There’s no reason you can’t make money as an artist.”

Hamilton is an experienced teacher, said her mother, Joanne Carricato.

“She’s not only a very gifted artist – she has the capacity to teach others how to teach,” Carricato said. In Queensland, Hamilton taught academic subjects at a private school.

Once Art Lines becomes established, Hamilton hopes to split her working hours between creating art and teaching.

Hamilton did a lot of portraits when she lived in Australia, but today her favorite subjects are wildlife scenes. This switch in subject matter is directly related to her move to Nevada County.

“There’s so much diversity in this country,” Hamilton said. “We don’t have squirrels (in Australia); we don’t have so many deer. There’s something nice about your animals. They look more serious.”

She works in several mediums, including oils, acrylics and colored pencil.

Call 432-4363 or go to for more information.

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