Nancy Paris Pruden, an award winning artist, lives and works in Houston, Texas, where she is represented by Thornwood Gallery, Houston. Growing up in Ft. Worth, Texas, Nancy started painting at a very early age when she won a scholarship to study drawing and later painting at the Experimental Art Program in Ft. Worth. By the time she graduated from high school, she was selling her art and is today shown in many nationally juried shows. Texture and color are her main interests, and she paints from life Alla Prima style in oils.
Graduating from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Painting and Drawing, Nancy continued her training with workshops under David Leffel, Gregg Kreutz, Quang Ho, Carolyn Anderson, and Joe Anna Arnett before attending the Art Students League in New York.
Her recent awards include first place in "Texas & Neighbors Regional Show", third places in the SKB Foundation Show and IAA Show, and an Award of Excellence in the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Show and HCAA Open Show. She was awarded Signature status in ACT (Artists Changing Tomorrow).
Paris Pruden has participated in many One Women Shows including:
- Harris Gallery, Houston, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011,
- Evelyn Seigal Gallery, Ft. Worth, 2002,
- Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, 2001 and
- Somoza Simms Gallery, Houston, 2000.
She is represented by Thornwood Gallery in Houston. Nancy has participated in many museum shows including the Ft Worth Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, Museum of the Southwest, Red River Valley Museum, Bosque Conservancy, Homeland Artists Exhibition in Kansas City, Breckenridge Fine Art Center, Mighty 10x10x10 in Tieton, Wyoming, and American Women Artist Show in Virginia. She was also featured in Southwest Art Magazine's August 2013 issue and in Plein Air Magazine in 2015.
Nancy lives in Houston with her husband Terry, and organizes Painting Workshops in France, Italy, Ireland, and Mexico in the summer.