Nancy Holmes creates scenes of anxiety and drama with abstract imagery taken from the world around her. The anxiety has several centers of tension. Nancy is interested in a confusion between danger and humor, a contradiction of useless and excessive activity, and a visual tension in the recognizable but surreal renderings of the imagery. Nancy uses imagery such as noodles, pencils, canvases, bowls, lamps, exaggerated limbs and joints to create a sense of drama. That drama is pushed further with the repetition of the imagery and speed of their actions as they become characters in a narrative. Almost every object or "character" is portrayed mid-action. The actions performed by these objects, whether it is cracking, falling, eating, piercing, flexing, swinging etc., are more important to the tone of the painting than the actual object. For example, the noodles could be substituted for string and the chopsticks for needles. The tense situations created by the overlap of these actions convey a senseless restlessness. There is a stressful need to keep moving, making, and performing even when there is no clear reason.