Nancy Reyner is a Contemporary Abstract Painter with a distinctive style, creating works she calls exotic versions of heaven – places that are beautiful and meditative not commonly found on earth.
Nancy’s most popular paintings use metal leaf of gold, silver or copper, expertly combining their illuminated qualities with paint. Another popular style of Nancy’s begins with her unique process to create a luminous white surface. This enhances color into intensities that appear like glowing gems.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design and her Masters of Fine Arts from Columbia University. Nancy has over 30 years painting experience, authored four top selling painting books with North Light Books, and was a featured TV guest on HGTV’s That’s Clever.
Her paintings can be seen on display at her gallery representation, or by scheduling a visit to her studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Nancy welcomes commissions, and enjoys working with clients to create unique and personal works of art. If you like to have direct input resulting in a painting that perfectly fits your needs, contact Nancy and enjoy this special opportunity for a custom painting. With 30 years experience in commissions Nancy’s unique process guarantees you will be happy with the results. More info on Nancy’s Custom Paintings.
In addition to painting, Nancy enjoys assisting other artists by providing classes, books and instructional videos. Looking for new painting ideas, techniques or inspiration? Nancy can help! Study directly with her in person or on line. Tailoring classes to fit your individual needs, she will provide simple, unique explanations and painting demonstrations. Nancy welcomes students working in any style or level of experience. Nancy believes art is a rewarding pursuit and can be a powerful tool to enhance our quality of life. She enjoys imparting this passion to her students, encouraging the courageous use of materials and artistic expression. More info on classes and instruction. Sample her teaching style by viewing her free videos.
Her expertise covers a wide variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. While Nancy works with inventive techniques and materials, she consistently uses archival methods to create works that are made to last. She has trained with and worked for Golden Artist Colors as a Certified Working Artist for 16 years, and is now part of their Artist Educator Program. She lives, plays and paints in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Artist Statement – Nancy Reyner – Contemporary Abstract Painter
I paint my versions of heaven. Places that are beautiful and meditative not commonly found on earth. Each of my paintings start with materials that excite me, like gold leaf and reflective pigments. I work the images until they seem to glow, and the materials appear to transform into something else, something otherworldly.
Nature is my muse for luminous interpretations 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 into the illusion of 3D, 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. This is my mission as an artist— to give our invisible inner world a tangible visible form.