My art career got kicked in gear early on while running a puppet theater in New York City. Painting sets, building puppets and performing on stage put me smack on the artpath. An addiction to painting quickly followed, and I received my BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and MFA from Columbia University.
Then came the best part – moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico – Georgia O’Keeffe’s old hang out and host to several famous artist colonies in the early 20th century. Painting from New Mexico’s exquisite and diverse landscape formed my love for landscape, abstraction, and magical nature.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, I now reside full time in Santa Fe. For over 30 years I have 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, and even forayed into television as a feature guest on HGTV’s That’s Clever.
I continue evolving my exploration of play in all forms, determined to have fun while doing it.
Nancy Reyner is a Contemporary Abstract Painter, often using metal leaf of gold, silver or copper, and expertly combining their illuminated qualities with paint. Another popular style begins with her unique process for a luminous white surface, that 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 enjoy 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 in commissions Nancy’s unique process guarantees you will be happy with the results. More info on Nancy’s Custom Paintings.
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 on line. Tailoring classes to fit your individual needs, Nancy provides simple, unique explanations and painting demonstrations. Students are welcome 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.
Nancy’s expertise covers a wide variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. While working with inventive techniques and materials, Nancy promotes the use of 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.
Nancy Reyner – Artist Statement
Contemporary Abstract Painter
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 give our invisible inner world a tangible visible form. Art is a rewarding pursuit that adds quality of life, and I share this passion in my art and with my students.