Louis Braille Portrait

About the Artist, Nancy Lucas Williams

Editor’s note – The Louis Braille Center was the predecessor of the Louis Braille School.

In 1998 Nancy took a course in braille at the Louis Braille Center. Her son is blind and she wanted to be able to exchange letters with him. Carolyn Meyer, the director of the Louis Braille Center and teacher of the class, mentioned that she was looking for a good likeness of Louis Braille and showed Nancy a poor quality copy of an old daguerreotype photo. Nancy, a local artist keenly interested in the work of the Louis Braille Center, offered her services. On the last day of class, she quietly presented the portrait she had created while she was learning braille.

Louis Braille PortraitNancy’s exquisite charcoal portrait of Louis Braille originally hung in the Louis Braille Center and now hangs in the offices of Carolyn’s Braille Services. The copy that appears on our web site brings comments and inquiries from all over the world.

Nancy earned her B.A. in art from Whitman College. She then discovered the atelier system of drawing and painting, a course of instruction similar to the one studied by the Old Masters. She studied at Atelier Lack and at Atelier Prohl in Minneapolis and completed her atelier studies with Paul Ingbretson at the Ingbretson Studio near Boston, Massachusetts.

Nancy works out of her home studio in Edmonds, Washington. A teacher for many years of both art and the Bible, she is dedicated to passing on what she has learned to future generations.

Nancy’s work can be found in art shows and galleries around the Northwest. She is a member of Woman Painters of Washington and the Northwest Pastel Society.

To learn more about the atelier method of drawing and painting or to commission a portrait, contact Nancy at nlw.fhs@verizon.net.