Working consistently as a plein-air artist for the past thirty years, Nancy Friese’s work captures the natural spontaneity and intertwining of clusters of trees and foliage beneath lively skies. Friese’s work departs from traditional plein-air painting with heightened color and animated brush strokes. Friese has been invited to paint at many distinguished arboretums and national land trust such Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, Long Island; Giverny, Gasny, France; Westerly Land Trust, Rhode Island, and Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Medora, North Dakota.
Nancy Friese received her BS from the University of North Dakota, her MFA from Yale University and the Graduate Program at University of California Berkeley where she was a student of painter Elmer Bischoff. In 2011, Nancy Friese was elected as an Academician to the The National Academy in New York.