Through her colorful series The Ladies, Nancy Mladenoff explores the lives of American women who have found significant roles beyond that of wife and mother. Often unknowingly acting as mentors for other women, the heroes depicted in The Ladies are from all walks of life: science, the arts, sports and more. Mladenoff paints in a simple, flat, descriptive style. Using watercolors, gouache and Flashe (an opaque, matte tempera-like paint), she constructs a gallery of figures in action poses.
Mladenoff earned her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches painting at the University of Wisconsin. She has exhibited her work internationally, and The Ladies were included in the 2014 Wisconsin Triennial.