Nancy Brown began the career of artist-goldsmith after several years of focused studies to teach professionally. Nancy taught in California before settling in Santa Fe in April of 1973. Having received increased recognition for her work over several years, by the Fall of 1980, following her first exhibition, Nancy’s reputation for creating exceptional work paved the way for her to become an established and valued artist.
Nancy Brown passed away in September of 2006 after a valiant battle against cancer. The Nancy Brown Memorial Endowment was created in memory of Nancy Brown in an effort to perpetuate her commitment to teaching and the arts. Since her passing, her husband Russell Tims and his team perpetuate her legacy and her philosophy of providing "something for everyone".