Nancy Stevens, at the invitation of Group of Seven artist Arthur Lismer, became a scholarship student at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. On completion of her art education at Mount Allison University, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, she was employed by CBC Television as a graphics artist.
After her marriage and while raising two daughters, Stevens continued to work as a commercial artist. When time permitted she painted and began exhibiting her realistic acrylics. During the 1980’s she was represented by Nancy Poole’s Studio in Toronto where she had sell-out shows every two years.
Stevens left a safe and successful career to explore ideas and methods which resulted in HORIZON PAINTINGS, a 1995 solo exhibition of abstract paintings at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, IN TRANSIT, an exploration of autobiography, at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown in 2001 and PATHWAYS at St. Francis Xavier University in 2010.
In January 2014, THE LIRI VALLEY PAINTINGS opened at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, an exhibition honouring the sacrifice and memory of Canadian soldiers who fought in the WWII Italian campaign.
She is represented in major public and private collections, including The Canada Council Art Bank, National Capital Commission and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
After a 15-year career of teaching drawing and painting, creative and critical thinking, Stevens lives with her partner in northern Nova Scotia where her studio overlooks their vineyard, Cote St. George.