Nancie King Mertz

Chicago, Illinois

Nancie King Mertz, has spent her lifetime painting in oil & pastel.  She was awarded the Master Circle by Int’l Assoc. of Pastel Societies, Eminent Pastelist in 2018, and is a Master Signature member of Pastel Society of America & Chicago Pastel Painters. She teaches across the US and internationally and is on the faculty for the Plein Air Convention and the IAPS Convention, where she was awarded the 2017 Silver Medal in the 4th Biennial Masters’ Exhibition. Her pastels are included in exhibits in the Butler Museum and museums in China and France.

Mertz has traveled to nearly 20 countries and around the US for inspiration, however, Chicago remains her favorite city to explore and paint, where she was twice named “Artist of the Year”.  See her work on many of the Chicago-themed TV shows and ads such as The Good Wife, Chicago Fire. 

Nancie produces approximately 150 paintings each year, predominately plein air (on-site).

Her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Journal in Feb. 2015, along with a 7 page article, and was a feature article in Plein Air Magazine. She has won numerous painting awards, teaches and juries around the globe, has an Urban Set and Atmospheric Landscape Set of pastels and products in her name on Amazon and will be in video production soon for instructional pastel videos. Her husband, Ron, publishes her sold originals in GiclĂ©e prints & cards and together they own ArtDeTriumph & Artful Framer Studios at 2938 N Clark in Chicago, where she has won numerous business and community awards, as well as university distinction. Visit for hundreds of images of Chicago & the World.

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