Nancy McLean was born in Hamilton, Ontario. Nancy began painting in high school and received her Art History degree from McMaster University in Hamilton. She completed Level 3 of Plastic and Fine Arts program from Mohawk College in Hamilton. Intrigued by the differences between Western Art and Chinese Painting, Nancy continued to study under the artist, Leo Wong from Toronto, Ontario and subsequently taught Chinese Brush painting.

While working in Korea and visiting Japan’s numerous museums and art galleries, Nancy became inspired by simple contour lines on ancient structural buildings which reflect movement. This influence can be seen in the subtle rolling effect in her current art work. The approach to composition and perspective in Chinese art is also captured in Nancy’s oil paintings. Additional study of European artists in England, France, Italy and Switzerland further influenced her personal Canadian style. Nancy’s current, unique style is a combination of techniques she has learned throughout her lifetime injected with Canadian iconic symbols.

For over twenty years, Nancy has taught art classes, in particular, Chinese Brush Painting at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. For over two decades her art work has been sold and exhibited at numerous art expositions throughout Ontario.

Continuing to live her life through art, in the winter of 2014/2015, Nancy McLean built a private studio on the Hamilton Mountain, where select students can work on individual art projects using practical theory and various art media under Nancy's guidance and supervision.