Dancy studied faux finishing and mural painting at the Day Studio in San Francisco, after receiving a degree from the University of Colorado in 1986. She went on to work for architects, designers, interior decorators and numerous private clients throughout Colorado until the late 90’s. All the while she was taking as many plein air workshops, private classes and seminars as she could fit in. She attended seminars taught by John Encinias, Kim Mackey, Steve Elliot, Jean Perry, Kevin McPherson, Quang Ho and Kang Cho, and she attended the annual seminars by the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America. She has been influenced most by Jean Perry, Stan Sampson, Linda Tippets and Kevin McPherson from that group. She also attended the Art Students League of Denver where she attended Doug Dawson’s plein air painting class. Her background in faux finishing has translated to her smaller paintings, as she employs the layering of color and glazing in her paintings. While she is still as interested in painting grand vistas as she did when she was a mural painter, the challenge is for that grandness to translate in a smaller scale in her fine art. She is equally inspired by the venture of a small plein air study as she is by the undertaking of larger paintings in her studio.
Her work has been exhibited and sold at a number of private shows in Denver, the Pirate Gallery, Red Contemporary Gallery, the Art Depot in Steamboat Springs, The Sheridan Artists’ Guild, the Steamboat Art Museum, the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat/Circle 7 Fine Art, and at various art fairs. Her work has been published in the Rocky Mountain News, The Steamboat Pilot and Today, Colorado Expressions Magazine and Steamboat Home Magazine. She was a founder, co-owner and curator of the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat/Circle 7 Fine Art. Currently, Dancy is the Grant Writer and one of the Exhibits Coordinators at the Stetamboat Art Museum, where she is surrounded and inspired by masterful art every day.
Dancy considers her two young sons to be her first masterpieces and her family the greatest reason to keep learning and striving as a painter.
Her work can be seen on her personal website, www.dancygouldstjohn.com.