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Meet Nancy Blum of Nancy Blum Fine Art in Dunwoody

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nancy Blum.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always practiced art in some way. My mother was an artist and I was exposed to different kinds of art. In college I was encouraged by my professors to pursue a career in art and worked at the Duke University Art Museum, but it wasn’t until many years of working in business that I was able to work full time as an artist. I joined the Atlanta Artists Center and started a weekly sketch group drawing area models, which I led for many years. I still love drawing and painting people (and pets!) through commissions along with still lifes, and expanding into more contemporary and abstract art.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As is particularly true of many women, I’ve had to adapt and improvise along with the moves and needs of my growing family. There is an ebb and flow to life as there are times when I’ve had little time to actually paint, but in some way it all comes together to integrate and enrich life and enhances creativity — and I’m grateful for it all!

Please tell us about Nancy Blum Fine Art.
As a friend said of my art, “It’s realism with an abstract sensibility.” Described in The Art Edge as having an “edgy quality … saturated with a noticeable energy.” I love painting and drawing so many things, and particularly love commissions and collaborating on projects. My most significant work has been figurative work and portraits, including a recent posthumous portrait of a Fulton County commissioner. I’ve given drawing workshops in Asheville and Atlanta and my artwork is in public and private collections (including Fulton County and Marvel Studios). I also enjoy painting still lifes and have so many things I hope to do with art and look forward to connecting with more people on other projects.

What were you like growing up?
My family moved to Paris when I was a teenager, and I loved visiting the museums and absorbing so much of the French culture. It fostered my love for the impressionist artists and contributed to my style as an artist.

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