About Nancy Zufich
Nancy has been making children’s picture books since she was six, but no one knew it. They were always about animals, like “Pinky Pig”, or about her dog “Tippy”. She remembers being known as “the artist” in her class every year from Kindergarten through High School in Sioux City, Iowa.
While still in high school she developed the sketchbook habit, drawing people in the Library, the park, and cafeteria. Life Drawing classes in college were her favorites and led to a scholarship to Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, where she studied Design, Watercolor, and more Life Drawing.
For several years, Nancy taught High School Art in Las Cruces, New Mexico. While teaching elementary school throughout California, she developed a strong appreciation for the art done by young children. She tries to emulate that naïve, open, expressive quality in her own paintings, which are collected internationally having sold in galleries in Hawaii, California, New Mexico and Oregon.
Now she does illustrations for children’s picture books, using pencil, inks, watercolors, acrylics and collage. Nancy works (plays) in her Oregon studio nearly every day, where she lives with her husband and two cats. Those cats, Carl Oscar and Millie, often help by posing or sleeping on her work table while she makes pictures.
See Nancy's paintings at the Blue Heron gallery in Ashland, Oregon:
Nancy is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: