Born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, Nancy Marek’s childhood memories of apartment living, unkept yards, abandoned chicken coops, lilac bushes, weeds, wildflowers and an overall obsession with nature, all served as an initial source of her endless fascination with sound, color, and image; the beginning of a blossoming love and appreciation of the world. In this context, Marek experienced spirituality and simply understood the joy of finding God through the freedom to explore and imagine. Upon completion of a BFA in painting and receiving the Excellence in Art award from UMASS Dartmouth, Marek began writing and illustrating children’s books. Her work has earned numerous awards and has been exhibited internationally. Marek’s resume includes teaching children’s book illustration in the C.E. Program at Rhode Island School of Design, the 2018 Jurors’ Award from the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) exhibit at the Wedeman Gallery at Lasell College in Newton, MA., and most recently was chosen to participate in a week-long TENT Program 2019 for writers and illustrators at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. In addition to her prolific work as an author/illustrator of children’s books and poems, Marek studied with renowned artist, Brother Micky McGrath during the summer of 2018 at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in a course entitled “Wise and Holy Women (and a few good men”). Whether working on a new picture book, painting or simply enjoying the beauty of all creation, Marek continues to explore and render subjects enabling all to think more deeply about the human/God experience. Marek’s current exhibit Saints (Canonized and Otherwise) connects the many strands of both her personal and professional endeavors in a collection of seventeen paintings, which in a unique style capture the person and moment of the presence and relationship with God. Her hope is that this exhibit will inspire women, men, and children of all ages and backgrounds to a heightened appreciation of the beauty, courage, and passion that led the seventeen on their own faith journeys.