Award winning impressionistic oil painter, Nancy Haley, states,"Art has always been a very important part of my life, from as far back as I can remember. My 'gift' of understanding color, balance and composition made it possible for me to meet some amazing people and build a very successful career as an entrepreneur, clothing designer and artist / oil painter." All the while Haley was building her clothing businesses, her art brought her joy and solace in her fast-paced life.
In 2009, Haley and her partner, Clint Eastwood, sold their business, Tehama, and Nancy began painting full time. She paints all across the US and has studied in Mexico, France and Italy.
She has studied under well known, accomplished acrylic landscape oil / acrylic painters, William Hook, John Poon, Lindsey Bitner Graham, Phillip Stark, Randal Sexton and Kim English.
Recent Awards and show acceptance:
November 2016 WAOW – Women Artists of the West show at the RS Hanna Gallery in Fredricksburg, Texas accepts ‘Morning Light’ 12’ X 16’ oil.
September 2016 -OPA Salon show accepts 'Mexican Food Truck' at Castle Gallery in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
August 2016 - PAAC show at Mary Williams Gallery in Boulder, CO accepted 'A Bucket of Snapper' and Fishing Co-Op" SOLD.
August 2016 - 'You Go Girl" accepted into NOAPS 'Best of America' show at Addison Gallery in Orleans, Ma.
April 2016 BOLD BRUSH awarded "OUTSTANDING ACRYLIC" for 'You Go Girl' 24 X 30
April 2015 NOAPS selected "Sancho" 12 X 12 oil for the April on Line exhibition.
November 2014 - awarded Plein Air magazine's AWARD OF EXCELLENCE for 'First Signs of Fall' at the Plein Air Artists of Colorado GTMD juried show at the Denver Public Library.
November 2014 - Scottsdale Artist School selected 'Waiting for a Ride' for their annual juried show and sale.
August 2014 Accepted into the prestigious, Colorado Plein Air exhibition at Abend Gallery in Denver and sold her painting,'Waiting for Work", on opening night.
June 2013 Oil Painters of America selectd 'Preparing for a Catch' for the Salon show at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Michigan. It sold on Opening Night.
April 2013 One Man Show at Marina del Sol, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
March 2013 One Man Show at Viceroy, 5 star resort in Zihuatanejo, Mexico
-Nov. 2012 Honorable mention for her painting "Dozen's" in the Colorado Plein Air Art contest at the Denver Public Library. Nov 25th - Dec 31, 2012.
-November 2012 and 2013 Her paintings were juried into the prestigious "BEST AND BRIGHTEST" art exhibition
put on by the Scottsdale Art School.
Haley's career bio...
After graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor of fine arts, Nancy Haley used her artistic talents to build 3 very successful businesses. Her first business, straight out of college, was Haley Interiors which specialized in custom interiors for model homes.
In '86 Haley founded Sport-Haley Inc and is credited for revolutionizing sportswear for golf by creating "lifestyle sportswear"- comfortable, stylish fashions for men and women that could be worn on and off the golf course.
In 1997, Haley partnered up with the actor Clint Eastwood to create TEHAMA, a quality line of hi-end luxury sportswear for men and women that sold in private and public golf clubs, resorts and upper scale retail stores such as Nordstrom's and Saks. Tehama clothing was made from cutting edge technical fabrics produced around the world. Haley, CEO of TEHAMA, was responsible for the vision of the brand insisting on quality and originality from the custom designed fabrics, state of the art textiles and superior fit and design. Haley also drove the vision for the marketing of the brand that carried both hers and Eastwood's name on the labels.
Tehama also designed and marketed sportswear for Arnold Palmer and IZOD (Phillips Van Heusen company)
Golf Digest named Haley "One of the 40 Most Powerful People in Golf" along with Jack Nicklaus, Ely Callaway and Arnold Palmer.
In 2003, Haley received Ernst and Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year" award in the Retail and Manufacturing category. Previous winners included Michael Dell of the Dell Corporation, Steven Case of America Online, Leo Gorman of LL Bean and Howard Schultz of Starbucks.
In 2005, Haley was named one of the most powerful people in golf fashion by Golf World. She was the only woman named in the top five along with Ralph Lauren.
In January 2008, the PGA of America awarded Haley with their most prestigious award-. The "Lifetime Achievement Award" was given to Haley for her many contributions to the golf industry. She was the only woman to ever receive this award.