Nancy Lauby
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Nancy Lauby
Sculptural Palm Frond Art
Palm Harbor, FL


Originally from Kansas and growing up on a farm, Nancy had the opportunity to become well acquainted with animals and nature. Therefore, it is not surprising that her paintings are primarily realistic nature scenes and wildlife. It is her mission to celebrate the magnificence of wildlife and the natural world through her art. Her passion for wildlife and the spirit and beauty in each animal is the driving force behind all of her work.

Although she majored in elementary education in college and became a teacher, she enrolled in drawing, painting, and design classes as frequently as possible. Art has always been essential to her and while working as a teacher, she also exhibited her artwork. Now in retirement, she is able to focus solely on her art career.

For many years she painted with acrylics on canvas. However, her commitment to look beyond the traditional has created her Sculptural Palm Frond Art. Preserving nature is central to her work, therefore integrating a natural product into her art was essential to that objective. Using a palm frond as her canvas, she considers the unique dimensions of each frond and carefully selects the wild life image that is most suitable for the frond’s curves and shape. Each realistic painting captures the essence of that animal, encouraging an appreciation and intimate connection with nature.

Prior to painting, each palm frond goes through a meticulous preparation process to ensure longevity and strength. The humble queen palm frond is then transformed into a lasting work of art. In the final stages, the finished artwork is further preserved with layers of varnish. This art form combines fine art and fine craft in an exceptional way. Each piece is an inimitable, dramatic work of art.

Nancy exhibits her work in galleries in the Tampa Bay area and has frequently won awards for her work. Recent art exhibitions include: Carrollwood Cultural Center, ArtCenter Manatee, Stirling Art Gallery, Tampa Regional Artists, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Spectrum Corporate Center, Largo Library, Brandon Center Place, FL CraftArt, and PAVA Art Shows.

Her traditional art and sculptural palm frond art can be found on her website: