Nancy Ellen Craig, Cape Cod Art Annual 2016

Nancy Ellen Craig

Renowned portraitist and Truro resident Nancy Ellen Craig passed away in June of 2015. Regarded as an enigma due to her reclusive nature, the five-foot-tall Craig and her work were larger than life—the artist often depicted her Renaissance fantasy paintings on canvases upwards of 10 feet tall.

“She was extraordinarily talented,” says Berta Walker, the owner of Provincetown’s Berta Walker Gallery. “She swam in the ocean for at least two miles a day, year-round, and swam in her canvases with the same guile.” In 2016, the Berta Walker Gallery honors Craig with its “Renaissance Dream Drawings” exhibit, which runs through July 5.