Nancy Kay Turner


Nancy Kay Turner is a visual artist, art critic, and founder of the art collective Hana Kark.  She is an accidental archivist and alchemist using humble materials to tell stories. She has been called a time traveler and a medium.  A graduate of Queens College, CUNY, University of California at Berkeley, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, she studied painting with Elmer Bischoff, Peter Saul and R.B. Kitaj though now is a multidisciplinary artist doing assemblage, collage, artist books and mixed media installations.


Turner’s work is in private, public and corporate collections, including Warner Brothers Studios, ABC Studio and Chiat/Day Advertising Agency: and has been in movies and television shows among them, How To Get Away With Murder, Barry, Transparent, Mom, Ray Donovan, Lucifer, A Star Is Born, Hanging Up, Jane the Virgin among others.  ARTPIC gallery in North Hollywood has represented Turner for two decades. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. She has a studio in DTLA, the arts district of Los Angeles and in Pasadena. Turner’s writing has been published in ARTWEEK, ARTSCENE, Visions Magazine, Coagula Curatorial, Cultural Weekly, Riot Material and Art and Cake.

Her work is in The Power of Feminist Art, edited by Norma Broude, Mary D. Garrard, Crossing over: Feminism and Art of Social Concern, edited by Arlene Raven, Cultural Deconstructions: Critical Issues in Collage, edited by Ric Kasini Kadour.  Her drawings are in Life Drawing: A Sketchbook and Textbook, by Margaret Lazzari Echoes Of Yesteryear, edited by Twiggy Boyer.  Turner’s essays have been published in “Perceive Me”, edited by Kristine Schomaker, and in the inaugural print issue of Riot Material, edited by Chris Hassett.  A transcription of her artist talk at The Oceanside Museum of Art, on the artist Roland Reiss’s work is archived at The Smithsonian. 

Work in Process: Unbidden

Nancy Kay TurnerWork In Progress: Artist mixed media book: 2018/2023 14” x 11” This empty sketch book was dyed continuously in rainwater/ink/metallic pigmentfor over one

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MJS in studio

Merridee Joan Smith

Artist Profiles

I love fiber arts – the history, beauty, tactile quality and variety – the common thread that links my hands to those of so many in the past. I am again focusing on silk painting and felt making,
though I also enjoy botanical printing and natural dyeing. Botanical printing allows me to walk outside to collect leaves, bark, roots, and flowers, process them on my silk and wool and obtain lovely prints. I literally bring the outdoors inside.

Silk painting is an excellent medium for capturing the colors, patterns and iridescence of flowers. The joy and challenge is to use the dyes and silk to interpret the subject’s complexity and beauty. I apply colors using liquid dyes that flow across the silk. Brilliant colors move and blend in ways that can be unexpected and beautiful. It feels as though the dyes, silk and I are collaborating on the final painting. The process, which requires relinquishing some control and allowing the unexpected, can be an exhilarating experience.

Merridee and her husband, Keith, a batik artist, were originally educated as chemists, and for many years viewed and experienced the world as scientists. Science and art require similar attributes in their view: an appreciation for the wonder of the world, creativity, serious study, and the ability to observe closely. In addition, art requires a passion to take what one experiences and render it in some personal form. These concepts inspire their individual and collaborative works. After a career as a forensic scientist, Merridee studied silk painting, rozome, batik, botanical printing and felt making from artists in diverse countries such as Japan, Indonesia, Israel, England, Ireland and Germany. She is delighted to be able to participate in artist residencies sponsored by 360 Xochi Quetzl by the inspirational Lake Chapala in Mexico. Her work has been shown in galleries in Northern California and Kauai, and is in collections on the West and East coasts as well as in Hawaii and Mexico. She was thrilled to have had her silk paintings displayed twice in shows sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution. Examples of her work can be seen in Susan Louise Moyer’s book, Silk Painting for Fine Art and Fashion. She is honored to to have been designated a Master Silk Painter by her peers in Silk Painters International.