Nancy Cherry Eifert – Photographer
One can’t spend a life outdoors loving nature without building a passion for showing it to other people, and this is just what Nancy’s photography is all about. She’s traveled the world, lived in Turkey as a child, hiked the trails of Yosemite and Zion, Glacier and Banff and let it all soak in. What comes out after all these experiences are the tasty details of nature most might miss. Her photos are all about brief moments of personal contact, when her camera and nature’s singular moments come together.
Nancy has painted and photographed nature for decades, and was drawn to Port Townsend because of the close access to high-quality natural experiences. Her Port Townsend home, surrounded by thick forest and meadow, is home to many birds and animals, and a herd of Columbian black-tailed deer, and for years Nancy has worked to create a safe haven for them. No dogs or cats intrude outside here – and the wildlife have become friends and family to her. It’s not unusual for her gaze out the windows to be returned by a coyote, bobcat or buck – sometimes at very close range. One specific buck allows her a careful pat now and then.
For the past 20 years, Nancy has also been managing and expanding Estuary Press, the publishing company for husband and painter, Larry Eifert. She handles sales to many National and State Park stores, manages license agreements for Eifert products, creates portfolios for new park mural projects. But an important part of this is to also travel to some of the best wild places in America and beyond for research of Larry’s large-scale murals. This calls for intensive field observations, and this is where Nancy’s camera is always participating. It’s a way of life that is expressed by her sensitive and perceptive photography.