Nancy began painting landscapes in watercolor in the early 1980s after studying visual arts at Ulster County Community College during the late 1970s. She continued watercolor painting throughout the 80s, studying with Staats Fasoldt at The Woodstock School of Art, while raising three sons with her husband Michael. An IBM work assignment took the family to Germany for four years during the early 1990s. Inspired by visits to museums in Paris, Cologne, and other European cities, Nancy began painting in oils upon returning to the states.
In 1998, she opened The Half Moon Gallery and studio in the Village of Saugerties with fellow artist Angela Gaffney-Smith. The gallery operated until 2006 when Campbell was elected to Saugerties Town Board. She served as a councilwoman until 2010.
In 2010 she became the Executive Director of the Woodstock School of Art, a position she held until June of 2015. She now serves on the school’s Board of Directors.
In 2012, Campbell, with Italian partner Giulio Tirinelli, founded Discover Ciociaria, an art workshop which has taken place each year in a region 50 miles from Rome. To learn more about travelling to Italy with Nancy, visit Discover Ciociaria.
Campbell is a member of The Woodstock Artists Association and The Art Society of Kingston. She was awarded an Artist Residency in June of 2014 at Cill Rialaig in County Kerry, Ireland.