NANCY HAMLIN-VOGLER studied art at Wells College (B.A. in Modern Languages) and learned the screen printing process while earning her M.A. in French literature at the University of Maine. The seduction of obscure twentieth century authors gradually gave way to a curious captivation with making colorful, identical prints. She established Northern Kingdom Printworks in 1976, exhibited her serigraphs and drawings in Maine galleries, and created some of the first designs that have become the trademark of her card company.
Nancy left Maine and the USA in 1979 for a backpacking trip around the world; creating journals and sketch books, collecting textiles, kitchen utensils, and memories of an experience to be treasured. She returned two years later to resettle in Colorado, start a family, and reestablish the card business as Eastern Sun Printworks, a name that reflects her interest in the Orient. Nancy, Tom, and their daughter, Alexis, moved to St. Augustine in 1988, where they continue to enjoy the warmth, history, and inspiration of this small city. She creates and produces her greeting card collection and mixed medium drawings in her backyard studio, near the Fountain of Youth.
Hamlin-Vogler received an individual artist grant in 2006 from the Art Ventures Endowment of The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, to explore and develop her work in the combined mediums of drawing, photography, and silkscreen. She has been awarded ribbons in outdoor Florida juried shows, including the President’s Award for Exceptional Artwork in the Lake Wales Art Festival, Best of Show and Excellence in Gainesville Downtown Art Festivals, 1st Place in the 2010 St. Augustine Fall Art Festival, as well as numerous merit awards. She is a member of the St. Augustine Art Association and exhibits in gallery shows throughout Florida. Her work is in private collections throughout the U.S. Her card designs have been nominated five times for the prestigious LOUIE FINALIST award, a wonderful honor for a small company in the midst of the giants of the greeting card industry. For the past ten years she has co-directed the Louise Freshman Brown Art Workshops in St. Augustine, FL.