Nancy Tschetner

Nancy Tschetner Biography

Inspired by the natural landscape and elements found in New Zealand, Nancy has created an outstanding and exciting style and presentation of art.  Using over 25 different shades of natural sand, obtained from New Zealand shores, Nancy has an exceptional ability to use the natural shade variations of the sand to capture the distinctive attributes of that special place, person or landscape in a highly detailed and personalized sand portrait.


Artist Nancy says “In my sand paintings and portraits, I have pursued the simple and effective results that can be attained through contrasting the natural colours and textures of the sand and through the process sand has become my preferred medium for my artistic expression.”


As a naturally creative person, she has practiced art in various forms of art & design including graphic design, clothing, wood carving, photography, clay and painting. Nancy did an apprenticeship and worked as a signwriter / graphic designer for 7 years and she was able to up skill and refine her eye for detail and design.  She sold her first commissioned pieces (abstract water colour) in 2001 in Germany where she was born and raised.


Nancy first arrived in New Zealand in 2003 and found very soon that the lifestyle, nature & scenery of Aotearoa provided her with new inspiration for her art.  When she discovered the black NZ iron sand, the concept of NZ Sand Art was born and the first NZ Sand Art piece using black iron sand was created in 2004. Over the last 9 years, She has perfected her art, bringing to life portraits and landscapes with her unique technique of marrying the textures and contrasting colours of over 22 different NZ sands.  


Nancy paints with brushes and adhesives before applying the different shades of sand, line- by- line, layer after layer, leaving each shade to dry before applying the next.  Some pieces have a coloured, acrylic background to include colours that are not available through the use of sand alone. Sand paintings do not fade and the natural colours of NZ sand are suitable for display in any home, business or gallery and will give any space a touch of sparkle through the distinctive textures.


Nancy has held 6 solo exhibitions and has been part of over 20 art shows and sales.  

Her work is of high standard and demonstrates elements of fine art.

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