About Carmen Lee Nance Gambrill

“Painting was something that I started rather late in life but it seems I have been working toward it for many years.  As a gallery owner and frame designer for almost 40 years, my sense of color and design was honed by the time I picked up a paintbrush almost 8 years ago.  I paint intuitively and abstractly and adore creating something that is totally original – something that nobody else could have possibly done.  Sometimes I start by choosing colors or make a decision to break up the canvas in a certain pattern, but almost certainly the painting finds its own direction before it is complete.  I love acrylics because of their versatility and because they dry quickly, which allows me to add layers, skins, textures, and sometimes collage and then scrape or sgraffito into the under layers for detail.  That being said, I go through phases when oil paints are my preference….usually applied over a painting that was begun in acrylic.  And, relatively recently, I have dived into cold wax and oil medium.  That REALLY allows for layering, excavating, and creating exciting textures in a painting.  Whatever the medium, I think that color and energy dominate my art and are the recognizable link between my very diverse paintings.”


Biographical Information


Carmen grew up in North Carolina, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and later received a graduate degree from Boston University.  None of these degrees were in art!  She studied painting at the Art League School  in Alexandria, Virginia and in other workshops from Sicily to Santa Fe to Solomons Island, where her eponymous gallery brings quality art instruction to Solomons thorough gallery workshops, which she hosts.  Carmen’s gallery also organized the annual Solomons Plein Air Festival, which raised money for charitable organizations.  In 2013, Carmen organized a cultural art exchange trip to Cuba where artists and art lovers painted, visited the studios and homes of Cuban artists and learned about the architecture of the island and the Cuban culture.  Imagine the possibilities now!


Formerly a gallery owner in New Orleans, Carmen still maintains a house and painting studio on Royal Street in the Marigny and uses any excuse she can find to head to NOLA!  When not at her home in New Orleans, she resides in Solomons Island, Maryland or at her beach house in Wrightsville Beach with her many rescue critters – mostly cats – and her husband, Matt.

For a full selection of Carmen's art visit:

18 x 24 acrylic on canvas, framed
new sold cold wax
door to the big easy
angel guide 2
angel guide 1
A Walk on the Wild Side
cask 4 16x16
gris gris
That which lies hidden 24x24
the phantom 12x12
the opera 12x12
santorini summer 18x24
walking in fields of gold 24x24
jazz brunch
Acrylic, gallery wrap, 30x40
nobility 20x20
inner earnest 24x24
nola respite
Acrylic/collage, gallery wrap, 16x20
evening flight at capistrano 12x12
as the sea meets the sky
You are my sunshine
mermaid's rise
acrylic on canvas 24 x 48
bursting forth
acrylic with gels and mediums, framed, 18x24
acrylic with collage, 20 x 20
end of an era
40 x 30 acrylic on canvas
Acrylic, framed, 20x20
Acrylic/collage, framed, 18x24
tranquil moment
Acrylic/collage, gallery wrap, 30x30
a swath of moonlight on the magenta marsh 16x16
Acrylic, gallery wrap, 12x24
native origins
Acrylic/collage, gallery wrap, 29x29
Acrylic/collage, gallery wrap, 12x24
hot off the press
Acrylic, framed, 12x12
global harmony I SOLD
Acrylic, part 1 of diptych, framed, 20x20
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Below are a few of Carmen's sold paintings

Lava Dance I
Lava Dance II
Lava Field
Cask 13
dark to light
Read Between the Lines
The Street Sleeps
Halloween on Julia Street
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To see more of carmen's paintings please visit her website at


p.o. box 466

14550 Solomons Island Road

Solomons, Maryland 20688

phone: 410.326.2549

fax: 410.326.3264

email: info@carmensgallery.com


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Current Gallery Hours:

Friday - Saturday:  11 am - 5 pm
Sunday:  11 M - 3 pm
AND BY APPOINTMENT or CHANCE during weekdays.

 To make appointment or purchase call Carmen at 410.610.4075.

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bursting forth

acrylic with gels and mediums, framed, 18x24