Nancy Scott, CDA

2016 NET Convention Artist



My interest in painting began in my early teens when I would paint landscapes in oils from photos I found in calendars, magazines, and Christmas cards. I had no formal training during those teenage years and just learned on my own, creating pretty paintings that I was happy to share with my family. 

As an adult, out in the workplace (I am a registered dental hygienist), I practiced with another hygienist who began taking tole and decorative painting classes after work. That sounded like fun so at my first opportunity I signed up for a six-week beginner class with Paula Lawton of Windholme Studio in nearby Valatie, New York. I loved it from the start! Paula was an excellent teacher and I credit her with helping me learn all the basics of decorative painting that I still carry with me.

In 1994, I earned my CDA at the SDP Pittsburgh Convention in the still life category. Walking around the convention wearing my “new” CDA ribbon and hearing congratulations from friends and strangers that entire week was a thrill I will never forget!

I began teaching, mostly in acrylics, about 20 years ago for my local chapter, Capitolers. As a Capitoler, I have served as Secretary, 1st Vice President, and President for the chapter.  For several years I chaired the oil seminar committee and did the library displays during Decorative Painting month in October. I have taught beginner classes at Hudson Valley Community College and adult education programs through our local school district.

Currently, I travel teach and also teach at our regional convention, New England Traditions. I am especially looking forward to our 2016 convention in October where I will serve as the Convention Artist! The theme I thought of for this convention is “The Art of Friendship” in tribute to the many great friends I have made through our shared love of decorative painting. 

I am most grateful to my husband, Jim, for all his support and encouragement along the way and for all the painting friends I have made because of this wonderful art form.