Nancy Reyner. Nature Illuminated. Contemporary Abstract Painting.


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Nancy Reyner is a Contemporary Abstract Painter who also shares her Insider Secrets with other painters.  She believes painting is a rewarding pursuit and a powerful tool for transformation. Nancy loves to paint and is equally passionate about sharing her ideas and assistance to other artists. Nancy offers workshops, coaching, online consults, and courses all of which encourage the courageous use of materials and artistic expression.


Nancy Reyner has been painting for over 30 years and has also authored four top selling painting books with North Light Books. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Columbia University. Nancy has expertise in a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. She has appeared on television for HGTV’s “That’s Clever”, and worked as a Certified Working Artist for Golden Artist Colors for 16 years. Nancy Reyner currently lives and paints in Santa Fe, NM.

Artist Statement – Nancy Reyner – Contemporary Abstract Painter

I start each painting by choosing materials that excite me, like gold leaf and reflective pigments. As these combine with paint, I work the images until they seem to glow, and the materials appear to transform into something else, something otherworldly. Nature is my guiding principle to portray luminous notions of air, water, earth and light. Creating imaginary new worlds, merging the literal and the metaphorical, my paintings hover somewhere between pure abstraction and realistic landscape.

The ability to dream and to create new worlds by taking a flat surface and transforming it, is the gift that painters can bring to the world. With this concept of manipulating dimensions, a painter may point out something that already exists but in such a skillful manner that the viewer sees it in a brand new way. Thus painting can alter the viewer’s perception by launching them into an exploration of their own thoughts and beliefs. I believe true understanding, in general, comes with our ability and willingness to envision what is below the surface, offering an internal awareness. This is my mission as an artist— to bring elements of our consciousness that are hidden in plain sight into the light, into the observable world.

Each painting begins as an excavation of the self. It ends with an uncovered civilization much like an archaeological site.  Each artifact discovered is representative of much more than merely its owner. Each new excavation brings a new artifact to the surface to be observed and transformed by perception. This, I believe, is how we discover meaning. It is  through the excavation of ourselves and the transformation, which pulls internal artifacts to the surface, into the dimension of “now.”