A Midwest girl at heart, artist Nancy Pendleton was born in Storm Lake, Iowa; grew up in Nebraska and Michigan; and began her art studies at Michigan State University. Tired of the cold and snow, she took time off from school to visit a friend in Scottsdale and explore Arizona. The warmth of the people, and the ever-present sun sold her on the West and she made the Valley of the Sun her home. Nancy graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with an emphasis on illustration. She worked as a freelance illustrator for several years before landing a job in the Arizona Republic Newsroom as an illustrator/graphic artist. While at the Republic, Nancy won numerous awards for her illustrations. She was also working on her fine art and began showing at Wilde Meyer Gallery around 1998. Nancy’s mixed media paintings have been influenced by her love of nature, animals, fashion, personal style, and life in the Southwest. She has donated her time and talent to various animal charities as well as the Arizona Costume Institute at the Phoenix Art Museum. The artist resides in Phoenix with her husband and 3 rescued dogs.