Romney Nesbitt, Civil War Artist Correspondent


When you think of the Civil War, most people think of soldiers and battle scenes. Did you know these images were created by artists on the battlefields employed by east coast newspapers?

Romney Nesbitt, a civilian member of the 77th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, portrays one of these artists. Dressed in civilian period dress, she draws portrait sketches in the style of Winslow Homer, a Harper’s Weekly artist. While she sketches she shares fascinating stories about his life on the battlefield and his post-war life as one of America’s most beloved painters. Romney, a former courtroom artist and professional portrait artist, draws pencil sketches in about ten minutes and color portraits in about 30 minutes.

Romney Nesbitt is a Creativity Coach, artist, art teacher and author. Since the publication of her book, SECRETS FROM A CREATIVITY COACH (2008), she’s become the go-to speaker on creativity and productivity. She writes the popular advice column, “Ask a Creativity Coach,” for ART FOCUS OKLAHOMA magazine.

Nesbitt has presented workshops on the creative process at Romance Writers of America, Jodi Thomas’ Writers’ Academy, Southern Nazarene University, Ozark Writers League, Salina, Kansas Arts Council, Oklahoma City Writers, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc. and Artist Survival Kit workshops for Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC).

Nesbitt is an art teacher at Jenks Public Schools where she was a finalist for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in 2015. Nesbitt has undergraduate and graduate degrees in art and a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary.