Born Nancy Isabel Salazar in Caracas, Venezuela, Nanybel started painting with watercolors and oils at the age of five. Her grandmother was a gifted artist in her own right and provided the inspiration that started her on her way to drawing and painting. It was she who coined the nickname "Nanybel" (short for Nancy Isabel) and whose memory is honored in the signing of every portrait she creates.
In 1996 Nanybel moved to the United States, where she opened an Art Gallery, received several commissioned portraits and won awards at fine art competitions.
Nanybel moved to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2000, continued her portrait work and conducted private classes in portraiture for members of the Royalty. Some of the exquisite works she produced during this period were proudly displayed in the renowned Casa Nova Art Gallery, in Abu Dhabi.
Nanybel returned to the United States in 2002 and currently resides in Roswell, Georgia. Nanybel regularly exhibits her award-winning artwork and participates in both local and national fine art competitions. Besides creating exquisite portraits by commission for satisfied clients worldwide, she also helps others to attain their peak physical and mental potential as a fitness consultant and personal trainer.
- PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS -
Portrait Society of Atlanta
Pastel Society of America
Southeastern Pastel Society
Degas Pastel Society
Quinlan Cultural Arts Center
North Cobb Arts League