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 starts with her special luminous white surface used to enhance colors 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. If you like direct input for a painting to perfectly fit your needs, contact Nancy for your custom painting. She will create one of her abstract paintings, based on your preference for size, style and color palette. Nancy uses a unique system which guarantees clients will be happy with the results!
In addition to painting, Nancy enjoys assisting other artists by providing classes, books and instructional videos. Her teaching style includes unique systems and methods for contemporary painting techniques, as well as the classics. Nancy believes art is a rewarding pursuit and a powerful tool for transformation. For her students she encourages the courageous use of materials and artistic expression. Sample Nancy’s teaching style and view her Youtube videos here.
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 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 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.