Nancy Frost Begin- Defiant Lizard



Artist: Begin, Nancy Frost

Title/Date: Defiant Lizard, 2010

Description of the work:

A lizard perching in a rock in the midst of wild grass and the textured terrain with different sizes stones and grasses. The lizard is lighter in shade as compared to the deep darkness of the surroundings. This lizard in located in the upper section of the composition. This woodcut print artistically represents the desert terrain, along with clean-cut strokes of grass blades, both green bushes and dry ones as well. The composition captures the scene during spring or summer time when lizard roam around gardens. The lizard’s body is the lighter section of the composition with black-and-white spots, and four small red spots around the neck and in the lower section of the belly. The background in dark, probably indicating night time, and the foliage around is colored with different shades of green while the rocks are in light blue. Additional to this physical appearance of the lizard, Begin’s lizard has a defiant expression of alertness, being always on guard for its own safety.


Nancy Begin was born on 21 July 1946 and raised in Buffalo, NY. As an artist, Begin, according to her personal website, was constantly on a voyage of discovery, not so much to reproduce what is in front of her but to seek new landscapes with new eyes. She felt the challenge was hopeful and endless. Her development as an artist was nurtured by a very supportive artistic family. Following her Bachelor of Fine Arts graduation from Syracuse University, she expressed herself through various artistic pursuits including illustration, fiber arts, clay, wood and painting. She taught studio art and art history at Proctor Academy in New Hampshire and was a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen where she exhibited contemporary folk art. In 1996, Begin was selected by the League to create New Hampshire’s contribution to the White House Christmas tree. After relocating to New Mexico in 2007, she finds Las Cruces to be a rich, artistic history in the “Land of Enchantment” a most supportive and inspirational environment to continue along the challenging, artistic road of discovery.

Nancy’s watercolors, oils, woodcut prints and folk art have been represented in fine galleries throughout the country. Most recently she completed an art book of the Crow series entitled “Cautionary Tales”. The book will be available on her website soon as well as continuation of the same series. After relocating to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2007, she finds the rich, artistic history in the “land of enchantment” a most supportive and inspirational environment to continue along the challenging, artistic road of discovery. Nancy won several awards from 2012 to 2014 in New Mexico, El Paso and The American West.


Signed: signed Nancy Begin Frost, on the lower right hand corner. 1/25 number of print edition, being indicated at the center; and the title handwritten towards the left side.

Date and dimension: 2010, Image: 12” x 12”; Framed: 20” x 20”

Medium: Color Woodcut print.

Provenance and Exhibitions: UNK

Framed or flat: Framed and mounted on mat.

Current location: The piece is a part of the New Mexico State University’s permanent collections.


Nancy Frost Begin Accessed on 11 November 2016.

-The Cutter Gallery Fine Arts Jewelry, 2016. Accessed December 7, 2016.

Reproductions: UNK

Researched by: Latha Sankaran, 11 November 2016.