Nan Coffey brings color, life and imagination to every work of art she creates. Due to her methodical attention to detail, layered color saturation, and precise line work, she is often asked if her work is digital or if she uses stencils or masks - she does not. All of her paintings are created using a palette of acrylic and cel vinyl animation paint. Working in sizes anywhere from 3 inches to 12 feet, Nan spends countless hours preparing sketches, compositions, layering colors and laying in fine lines to achieve the super bright, super clean look and tight compositions you see on these pages.
Although Nan’s art should be first and foremost simply enjoyed for the feeling of happiness it initially evokes, looking deeper into her art you might start to see recurring images and themes. Nan often shows her artist journey through the symbolism of Alice in Wonderland. She also experiments with themes of freedom and conformity through the use of the many birds which populate her work and she regularly finds herself painting tiki themed work as a symbol of escapism. She also uses pop culture themes to pay homage to past events and character stereotypes. Growing up in the central valley in California and having worked in a brewery for 8 years and a casino for 3, Nan often longed for the freedom of a coastal existence where she could live in the tropical paradise she so often dreamed about and where she could share her love of art and animation with others.
Nan currently lives in sunny San Diego, spending her afternoons and evenings painting for others to enjoy.
Thanks for visiting, take a look around, and join us on our journey! :)