Nancy Wolitzer


I had been making pencil and pen and ink drawings using tiny marks for many years when I discovered scratchboard and fell in love with the medium. It was perfect for the kind of fine, detailed, markings I was making.

Scratchboard is a subtractive medium that uses a variety of sharp tools to remove a black layer of ink, exposing a white layer beneath. I work in black and white and sometimes add color. On occasion, I employ the ancient art of gold leaf, which adheres perfectly to the scratchboard surface.

I have created several series, mostly on scratchboard, but I also work with ink, monoprints, and acrylics on a variety of materials—including paper, canvas, and glass. Early on, my work was abstract, then changed to be more realistic and impressionistic. I find myself drawn to the depiction of nature—landscapes, flowers, oceans, and also animals. No matter the subject, it is the mark-making itself that allows me to enter a private inner world, exposing the pain and beauty of daily life. I am led by my art and trust my intuition. I find both the physical (hand\eye) act of mark-making and the mental process spiritual and meditative.

As everyone has a distinctive way of expressing themselves, so do I.

My art brings the private me—my inner life—to the outside world, and shows how mark-making, my love of minute details and my fascination with the “ordinary,” makes both me and my art unique.

18 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. marvin lindenthal on said:

    hi Nancy……love your work……having been a calligrapher since 1982 and specializing in illumination i am very much into extreme detail so your work is very attractive and exciting to me for want of a better word….i find the scratchboard is very meditative and puts me in a very calm and peaceful space….thanks, Marvin

  2. Hi—

    You had said you liked my posts and planned to come back for more. The feeling is mutual: I find your style unique and compelling—even when it’s depicting something with subtlety. I am now your newest follower.


  3. Nancy, your work is very inspiring. I’ll be looking forward to seeing more. Thank you for sharing your artwork!

  4. What do I think? I think you are amazing! I’m so glad you commented on my blog so that I came back and looked at more of your work. I think I am going to find lots of inspiration here.

  5. Laura on said:

    I am drawn to your beautiful work. So glad I found your blog!

  6. You create beautifully.

  7. Nancy your scratchboard birds are beautiful. I feel I may be stuck in a rut with my bird renderings, perhaps I should try scratchboard….. but have no idea!

    • Thank you, Angie. I looked at your bird drawings and they are just gorgeous! I fell in love with working with scratchboard so if you have not tried it I would recommend it.–Nancy

  8. Your work is really beautiful!! So glad to have found you here in the blogosphere. Looking forward to your updates too.

  9. You do excellent work !!

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