Praise for Peoplescapes:
"Nancy Calef's landscapes of people are a real challenge
to any figurative painter
by portraying humanity en masse
with all its sad happy
Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Award-winning poet, former SF Poet Laureate and painter; publisher and co-founder City Lights Books.
"I've never quite read a book like Nancy Calef's "Peoplescapes" before. The paintings alone tell how deeply she observes the world of humans. . . . But the text tells her life story; full of adventure, far flung travels, a career as a child model and the dysfunctional wrangling with an overbearing mother hellbent on fame and fortune for her. . . . What is different though about Nancy's story, is her relationship with painting. . . . Give this book to anyone you know who is struggling with self-esteem." Terre Roche - Musician/Author
"This book is basically an autobiography, but unlike many, it’s not smug, self-absorbed or self-aggrandizing. It’s frank, funny and fascinating."
Geri Koeppel, Editor, Barbary Coast News
"Your excellent book is quite a tour de force! Your description of maternal abuse is moving and disquieting, while your introspection, honesty, and successful efforts to rid yourself of your eating disorders will inspire others to follow your lead. I really `couldn't put the book down,' and your art is amazingly creative and unique. All in all, I stand back and applaud. Congratulations on a beautifully written and illustrated work of art." Merla Zellerbach (dec'd 2015) Author, civic leader, philanthropist, TV personality, Chronicle columnist and Nob Hill Gazette Editor
“One of the most people-possessed painters in contemporary art, Nancy Calef fills her canvases with humanity, rich or poor, stylish or shaggy, manifesting them in equal size because it’s equality, that is love, which rules her brush.” Jack Hirschman, Award-winning author and poet, painter and former Poet Laureate of San Francisco, California
"I enjoyed Peoplescapes. I absolutely love Nancy’s artwork. She’s clearly a talented contemporary artist. . . . Nancy Calef is proof that we can all overcome life’s difficulties and turn negative experiences into positive creativity. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about triumph over adversity, and finding one’s own creative path and purpose."Susan Barton, eBook Review Gal 5 of 5 Stars