Artist Bio

Nancy King’s artistic pursuits began with nature field sketching in the rolling farmlands of the Finger Lakes region of central New York. Nature became her access point for experiencing awe and beauty.

After college she moved to San Francisco and began taking annual trips to Mexico and Guatemala where she filled sketchbooks with drawings of her travels in the jungles and highlands. Back in S.F. she studied printmaking and painting at City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute and became a member of the Graphic Arts Workshop where she printed and exhibited her work. Further classes in painting led her to produce large semi-abstract landscapes and less figurative work. She has exhibited her art in the Bay Area, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

Her illustration career began at the California Academy of Sciences producing illustrations for Botanical journals. She then focused on Editorial and Children’s Book illustration, creating art for biology and ecology books, as well as gardening and cooking magazines.

Nancy has returned full circle to field sketching. Collaborating with artist Mary Swanson has propelled them both into a dynamic relationship with their natural surroundings. Their recent creation of a 16’ long panoramic drawing of San Francisco and nine of its natural habitats has won them an award with the League of Conservation Voters and speaking engagements as naturalists and artists for Natural History series talks at two Bay Area Museums.

Nancy is available for work as a freelance illustrator and is also seeking work as a Naturalist/Artist Instructor for children. Nancy lives in San Francisco’s Mission District with her husband and daughter.