Nancy S. Kraus
About the Artist
From the moment I brushed my first dyes on silk, I was captivated by the medium. The luminescence of the dyes as they flowed onto the fabric grabbed me then and continues to pull me into my studio every day.
Although I studied to become a teacher and then a children's librarian, I also studied art in college and after and trained in children's book illustration with Uri Shulevitz. Having recently retired from thirty-five years of teaching and librarianship, I am most delighted to become a full time practicing artist. While studying with Len Brondum, I was introduced to many silk painting techniques and continued studies with Susan Moyer and Betsy Sterling Benjamin. I enjoy making floral paintings and biblical scenes using linear under-painting and gutta resist, which you can see on my tallitot and paintings of key moments in the Torah. I use the Japanese wax resist technique called rozome to make scarves, capes, and paintings, and have used it on some tallitot.
All of my silk paintings are one of a kind. I like to work with my customers to plan exactly what will be most meaningful and beautiful for them. Although I have scarves and paintings ready to purchase, all tallitot, biblical scenes, and capes are jointly planned with customers.
"My Dream of Highland Park" (detail above left) was exhibited at the National Arboretum at a Silk Painters Botanicals Show sponsored by Silk Painters International. My rozome painting of water lilies (above right) was exhibited in "Hang with the Best" at the University of Maryland Silk Painters International Show.