Artist Profile

About Nancy

Nancy Reyner painting in her studio

Nancy Reyner | Contemporary Painter | Santa Fe, New Mexico

Nancy Reyner is a contemporary abstract artist, with a distinctive painting style. Her art career kicked into gear running a puppet theater in New York City. Painting theatrical sets, building puppets and performing on stage put her smack on an art-path. An addiction to painting quickly followed, and she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design, and Masters in Fine Arts from Columbia University.

Nancy credits her mature work to her move to Santa Fe, New Mexico – a place that honors the late master painter Georgia O’Keeffe. New Mexico was O’Keeffe’s old hang out and gave birth to several famous artist colonies in the early 20th century. Painting from New Mexico’s exquisite and diverse scenery initiated Nancy’s passion for landscape, abstraction and magical nature.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Nancy now resides full time in Santa Fe. For over 30 years she has painted up a storm – exhibiting in numerous shows, enjoying representation by agents and galleries, teaching workshops, authoring four best-selling books on painting with North Light Books (now Penguin Books), and even forayed into television as a feature guest on HGTV’s That’s Clever.

Nancy continues to evolve her paintings through an exploration of play in all forms, determined, as she says, to have fun while doing it.


❝ I paint exotic versions of heaven – places that are beautiful and meditative. Gold leaf and other unusual materials combine with paint to create these imaginary worlds. Nature is my muse for inspiring luminous interpretations of air, water, earth and light. Merging the literal and metaphorical, my paintings hover somewhere between pure abstraction and realistic landscape.

The ability to dream and 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 bring our invisible inner world into tangible physical form. Art is a rewarding pursuit that adds quality of life, and I share this passion in my art and with my students. ❞

Elegant handwritten Nancy Reynolds signature logo.


Nancy often uses metal leaf of gold, silver or copper, and expertly combines their illuminated qualities with paint. Another popular style of hers begins with her unique process creating a luminous white surface, which enhances color into intensities that appear as glowing gems.

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 direct input for a painting that perfectly fits your needs, contact Nancy and enjoy this special opportunity for a custom painting. With 30 years experience creating commissions, Nancy’s unique process guarantees you will be happy with the results. More info on Nancy’s Custom Paintings.

Artist applying paint to canvas in studio
Woman smiling in living room with abstract paintings.
Two women painting together in art workshop.


Looking for new painting ideas, techniques or inspiration? Nancy can help! In addition to painting, Nancy enjoys assisting other artists by providing classes, books and instructional videos. Study directly with her in person or online. Tailoring classes to fit your individual needs, Nancy provides simple, unique explanations and painting demonstrations. Students working in any style or level of experience will benefit. Nancy believes art is a rewarding pursuit and can be a powerful way 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.

Nancy’s expertise covers a wide variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. While her passion is working with inventive techniques and materials, Nancy always makes use of archival methods to create works that are made to last. She trained with Golden Artist Colors as a technical expert, worked as Golden’s 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.

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Hand painting pink heart on wall.

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