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Although Nanette considers herself to be primarily self-taught, she has taken workshops with many nationally known artists, including Zoltan Szabo, Al Brouilette, Carole Barnes, Carrie Burns Brown, Don Andrews, Pat San Souci, Miles Batt, and Mary Todd Beam, and Ted Minchin. She has studied extensively on her own, using art instruction books and art magazines as motivation toward experimentation with various water media materials and techniques.

Nanette was juried into the 1993, 1994, 2000 and 2001 National Exhibitions of the Watercolor Society of Alabama and received an award three of those years. She has also been juried into an exhibition of the Red River Watercolor Society of Fargo, North Dakota, in which she won an award. She was also juried in a Tallahassee Tri-State Exhibition, and her entry was purchased by a collector. In addition, she has been juried into five of the Alabama Members Shows sponsored by the Watercolor Society of Alabama and won an award three times. She is a Signature Member of that organization. She won Best of Class in Abstract at the Alabama State Fair two years in succession. She won a Second Place Award at the Pensacola Interstate Fair in September of 2003.

She has been active with the Watercolor Society of Alabama for many years, serving as its President in 1996-1997. She has served as Membership Chairman for both the Watercolor Society of Alabama and Southern Watercolor Society for several years. She served as Exhibition Coordinator for the Southern Watercolor Society two years.

She has participated in numerous gallery exhibitions and group exhibitions.

In 1995 she founded the art organization, Experimental Artists of Alabama, and serves as Executive Director. This organization has an annual juried exhibition at the Art Gallery at Samford University. She has won an award on several occasions.