ABOUT THE ARTIST
Most well-known as the voice of Bart Simpson and dozens of other voices, Nancy is very happy to introduce you to her world of art.
Nancy’s process is similar to the reverse painting method used by the animation world for over a hundred years. She paints on the backside of transparent Lucite panels, creating a clean, brilliant artistic effect. This technique has been a perfect marriage between the lively subject matter and her eye-catching imagery.
WHY I AM AN ARTIST
By Nancy Cartwright
“I was raised in a family of six kids and our parents encouraged us to do what we loved. This kind of support has remained one of my strongest messages. It is how I raised my kids and what I encourage others to do. Even though I started to play the trumpet in the fourth grade, art has always been a passion. The problem was that I had to decide between art and music. I couldn’t do both, so I stuck with music. It wasn’t until decades later that a dear friend surprised me by taking me to an art studio for my birthday and I made my first sculpture. It was rough, but I finished it and realized that I had created a portrait of Alice Herz-Sommer— “the oldest living [at that time] survivor of the Holocaust”. Go figure. I had never even heard of her. My muse had been awakened.
I have a modest compilation of sculptures and reverse-style paintings that have opened my eyes to a whole new world of aesthetics. I try to paint/sculpt daily, and when I do, I disappear into a magical universe where I am not encumbered by the pitfalls and obstacles of life. I just do what I love. If it makes me happy, I do really well in life - and that is so very important in this crazy world we live in.
Artists are some of the most valuable people on the planet. We are the ones who inspire others with our beautiful works - be it dance, music, sculpture, acting, painting, animation and/or storytelling. It is the artist – the human spirit - who has the invaluable means of lifting our culture, giving hope to mankind through our beautiful works and messages who will make a real difference. No matter the form, art has the power to make one laugh or cry—to break down barriers and change someone’s viewpoint for the better about life itself. I consider this my greatest goal.
And that is why I’m an artist.”