Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Nancy's Lemonade Stand

My name is Nancy Asbell and I am a lupus survivor. As a Florida landscape artist, I feel that it is important to give back. If lupus is my lemons, then my artwork is my lemonade. I donate ten percent of my art proceeds to the lupus foundation, which gives me joy beyond measure. Since I’ve been doing this in August 2005, I’ve been in the Jacksonville newspapers and special “Meet the Artist” showings in different galleries, all highlighting lupus awareness. My current series is “Florida Horizons” but maybe I should subtitle it “My Lupus Lemonade Stand.”

Friday, January 15, 2010

phoenix in pieces

This original 30x40 painting of mine on the left was cut in half when my son totaled his car a few years back. Recently I turned it into a 24x24 gallery wrapped collage naming it “Phoenix in Pieces”. It expresses that due to Lupus I have endured strokes, many chronic illnesses, hospitalizations, rehab centers and recently due to neurological damages and a broken back I live my life from a power wheel chair. I may be “broken” but like my “Phoenix Revival” painting I may have been a fallen Eagle but God has put me back together to be a thing of beauty, unique and ready to be a witness for all that God can do. Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things. Do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up: do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
I am now back to my fulfilling art career and am once again teaching piano and voice students, living life to its fullest. I am truly

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Red Letter Day.

Yesterday I taught my Wednesday piano students. Two five year olds and an eight year old. For the first time since August of 2008 I was able to get out of my wheel chair, get on the piano bench and play a piano duet with my five year old student. Praise the Lord and all of His Glory! I'm coming back to become my new self. I did a few "Pet Scans" paintings, played the piano and guitar, visited with my son Steve, marketed my art on the computor, even did laundry. All from my chair. I'm getting used to this new marvelous life of mine. I may be four inches shorter with a broken, now deformed back and struggling with Lupus and all that comes with it but I am alive! Today I teach two piano students and a new voice student. Yes one can make a living doing what one loves to do.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Welcome to my daily painter blog! I am an artist based in Jacksonville, Florida whose art is sold in at least 14 galleries throughout Florida. My current series are Florida Horizons, Florida Fairways, Pet Scans and The Heavens. I have Lupus and am an advocate for artists with disabilities, living a very successful life from a power wheelchair. Painting brings me great joy on a daily basis and I will be posting artwork regularly along with marketing advice for artists such as myself. My artwork can also be found at www.asbellarts.com