Nancy Reyner. Nature Illuminated. Contemporary Abstract Painting.


About Nancy

Nancy Reyner is a Contemporary Abstract Painter who loves painting and assisting other artists. Nancy believes art is a rewarding pursuit and a powerful tool for transformation. She offers painting classes and DIY courses encouraging the courageous use of materials and artistic expression.

Nancy has over 30 years painting experience, authored four top selling painting books with North Light Books, was a featured TV guest on HGTV’s That’s Clever, received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from Columbia University.

Her expertise covers a wide variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. She has worked for Golden Artist Colors as a Certified Working Artist for 16 years, and is now part of Golden’s Artist Educator Program. She lives, plays and paints in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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.”