Nancy Hirsch Lassen is a native of Baton Rouge, La. and a resident of New Orleans for almost 4 decades. With her husband, Wayne, she has owned and operated Interiors & Extras for the past 25 years and has been doing interior design for the past 35 years.
She graduated from Newcomb College of Tulane University with a degree in fine art, specializing in painting, studying particularly with Pat Trivigno and Hal Carney. Her junior year abroad was spent in Madrid with art history courses in the Prado and taking restoration classes on the side.
As their only daughter graduated from high school and left for college, Nancy “re-booted” her first love, and college major, painting. She began taking lessons in abstract acrylic painting with Nell Tilton at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts.
Color is a passion for Nancy, as is texture, and the beauty and wonder of nature. Her subjects go from totally non-readable abstracts to landscapes, suggestions of landscapes, interiors, water lilies, and so on. She finds inspiration everywhere. Color is usually the key…but sometimes it’s a train at a crossing or a piece of fabric with awesome colors and texture, or a landscape, sunset, garden…or scum on a pond…
As with any artist, Nancy has taken the seeds of her formal education and expanded her scope of work with imagination and passion that cannot be taught. Her art has become for her a means of expression, communication, and a way of achieving tranquility that she hopes will transcend the medium and be absorbed and appreciated by the viewer.
Nancy has sold numerous pieces out of her New Orleans gallery and has sold, as well as leased, numerous pieces to the local movie industry. She has exhibited and sold her work through the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, the Becca Gallery and Le Boulevard. She is currently considering offers to show at galleries in Asheville, N.C., and Birmingham, Al.
In order to honor my father, who was my greatest fan, I sign my art with my maiden name of “Hirsch”. He passed away two years after my college graduation, so he did not see the fruits of my labors or his investments. He would be so happy that I am so enjoying this process!
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