La Cruz inspires creativity: Artist Nancy Hache

Nancy Hache is passionate, intense, fiercely compassionate, an amazing artist and gives back to her community! I’m not sure if I admire her artwork or her spirit more. No matter… she’s a force and if you appreciate original artwork consider Nancy’s creations. Recently as I admired her creativity I asked her if she could create something near and dear to my heart… she was so enthusiastic and we’re working on that!

Nancy and her husband, Brian, first started visiting La Cruz in 2014 when they fell in love with the Sunday Market. They absolutely loved Philo’s, the music was fantastic and they enjoyed many great times there; truly falling in love with the whole feel of La Cruz and the vibe here. “La Cruz has such a musical heart, it drew us in.”

The following year friends introduced them to the Octopus Garden, Britannia pub and Ana Banana’s. “It was the way we felt when we were here, everyone knew each other, it was like old home week and it was obvious that everyone loved living here.”

After retiring Nancy and Brian vacationed and fell in love with Mexico and the idea of much more time here. Fast forward and now they live a pretty laid back life. Nancy told me, “ My husband enjoys playing pickle ball and I like to volunteer and keep myself busy painting. I’m a professional artist so I’m always playing with acrylic paints, oil pastels and inks. This year I started volunteering with the Amigos de La Cruz Kids Club teaching art classes and offering the children the ability to play with acrylic paint; it is so beautiful to see what they create. I have also been part of the Baño Beautification Project in Bucerias and volunteered to paint a mural on one of the Baños (bathrooms) by the beach.  Having retired from the Ministry of Community and Social Services after 28 years teaching developmentally handicapped children and adults, this is quite the change!”

When I asked Nancy what inspires her; “I’m inspired by where we live, by the beauty of Mexico, the genuine kindness of the people… the colours and sounds as I stroll through town, the woven fabrics I see throughout the markets. I love waking early, listening to the ocean kiss the shore, strolling the beach and sitting in the sand to do my morning meditation. I’m inspired by colour, movement and music; I cannot imagine a better place to live than here!”

If you’re interested in partaking in an artist’s retreat with Nancy, contact her at

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Cindy Bouchard, an expat Canadian runs a Boutique Hotel, Villa Amor del Mar, in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. She and her husband Chris are living and lovin’ in Vallarta–Nayarit. If you want more info on La Cruz or desire… A very special vacation contact Cindy via