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Studio 6: Nancy Dagenais-Elliott

Watercolour, acrylic

This mostly self taught artist was born in Bancroft Ontario but raised in Ottawa’s Center town, however, Nancy Dagenais-Elliott now lives on a farm in Clarendon Quebec in the MRC Pontiac where, in her studio, among the apple trees and surrounded by cattle, she escapes her responsibilities of work and farm wife duties and drifts into her colors and her paints.

Nancy enjoys working in watercolors and/or acrylics.  She expresses herself with several techniques, palette work, brushes (which get bigger and bigger each year), feathers, rags and even her fingers.  She paints bright, big and bold strokes, spontaneous movements that allow your eye and your imagination to travel to some beautiful landscape that Nancy claims to be able to see before her brush touches the canvas.  In 2014, Nancy started experimenting with a simpler palette, mixing colours and allowing the simplicity of the clean and crisp to shine through her work.

Her art careers isn’t just a hobby, this passion has allowed her to travel and participate in workshops around the world.  She paints and sketches en plein-air and enjoys sharing her work and tricks with anyone willing to ask.  Nancy has welcomed groups of artists into her space, to learn and share and laugh of course.
She appeared in the August 2005 Ottawa Life Magazine as their feature artist.  Her work continues to grow in the private collections of such people as Zachary Richard, Jean Lapointe and Chef Michael Smith.  She is an active member of the Pontiac Artists’ Tour and has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions in and around the Ottawa / Gatineau area.

So if you are looking for Nancy, listen for the music coming from her studio among in the apple trees, that is where you will find her, mixing colors and having fun.


View of Fields, acrylic, 20x24
View of Fields, acrylic, 20x24

Looknig Up, acrylic. 16" X 24"

Contact information:

Studio location:
C112, Route 303 S
Shawville, Québec J0X 2Y0

Phone: (819) 647-3130

GPS coordinates (WGS84 datum):
N45 38.725 W76 29.101