Nancy Douglas is an award-winning collage artist, editorial illustrator and teacher of drawing, painting and collage. Her commercial work is used predominately in magazines and in advertising. She teaches classes from her studio in downtown Kingston, Nelson Street Studio, and in public schools. Nancy has recently completed a fine art collage series entitled, “Murphys in Griffintown”. This work questions our view of history and neighbourhood, by illustrating the lives of a family of Irish Catholic immigrants in Griffintown, Montreal.
In the collage ‘Mendings’, I depict the many ways a community can support families. We can foster children in our neighbourhoods. The center of the work shows the creation of a quilt. Quilting can be ‘patching things up’, or ‘coming together to make a something new’. The piece is edged with an overcoat of warmth-buttons on one side, button holes on the other. “When I’m happy” was a good phrase for me to leave in the quilt, and is perhaps the subtitle.