Artist Profile: Nancy Reyner

Nancy Reyner is a painter of more than 30 years experience who’s best known for her contemporary acrylic paintings created with unusual techniques. Her varied experiences add technical expertise and originality to her work. A resident of Santa Fe now, she lived in New York City in the 1980s, holding various jobs and positions such as creating costumes and sets for Broadway and off-Broadway theater and film (including a Madonna film), coordinating public arts programs for the State of New York, and directing and performing with a puppet theater. Nancy was selected for a two-year painting and drawing residency for the Phoenix Center in Arizona. There she exhibited, curated, taught, and produced new work. Her expertise has led to a position as technical consultant for the acrylic paint company Golden Artist Colors, Inc.  Nancy teaches, lectures and exhibits locally and nationally, and she has written two painting books: Acrylic Revolution and Acrylic Innovation, as well as a DVD, Acrylic Revolution:  Watercolor & Oil Effects with Acrylic Paint, all published by North Light.

Q: What is on your workspace right?
A: I’m getting paintings finished for my upcoming solo show, October 7, 2011 at Pippin Contemporary in Santa Fe. Below is one of the paintings on gold leaf that will be in the show.

Q: What do you love the most about painting?
A: I love when someone tells me that they can connect to one of my paintings, that they can feel a shift in energy, a power or it changes their perspective when they view them.

Q: What’s your current favorite, can’t-live-without-it supply?
A: Gold leaf.

Q: What is your least favorite technique that you still use anyway?
A: Varnishing. It’s an important last step to protect the painting but takes a lot of time away from the painting process. It’s worth it, so I do it anyway.

Q: What’s your favorite tool or material?
A: Acrylic gels and pastes. They are incredibly versatile and add various qualities to the paint and surfaces.

Q: What do you listen to when you create?
A: Pandora Radio. I like a wide variety of music without ads so this works for me.

Q: What’s the best book you’ve read lately?
A: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Q:  What’s the most inspiring trip you’ve ever taken or adventure you’ve ever had?
A: Living and painting in Rome, Italy for a whole year.

Q: What’s the last thing you cooked?
A: Ice cream sundae—I make my own hot fudge sauce.

Q: If you could surround yourself with only one color, what would it be?
A: A very particular violet gray. My studio walls and bedroom use the same custom paint color I created. I tried to match the shadow color in clouds. Its very soothing, changes in tone and hue throughout the day and looks great behind paintings.

Q: Do you have a talisman/power garment/magical thing you wear?
A: My red paint spattered sneakers.

Q: What one thing do you want to do that you haven’t done yet?
A: Travel to Bali and India.

Q: What’s the best day you’ve ever had?
A: There’s lots of them, this is difficult to answer. Usually waking up in the morning with a day of nothing scheduled.

Q: What’s your favorite place in all the world?
A: My studio.

Q: What’s today’s Word to Live By?
A: Live your own dream regardless of what anyone else thinks or says.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Ice cream sundaes while watching Netflix movies.

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: To grant everyone on the planet a burst of love and to have one new great idea anytime I wanted.

Q: With whom would you love to spend one day making art?
A: Georgia O’Keeffe, Michelangelo, Nikola Tesla

Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: Trading my first oil painting to a friend for bangle bracelets.

Q: What’s your one favorite material thing?
A: My new IPad

Q: What’s your best piece of advice for artists?
A: Become a ruthless hunter, hunting out all your negative thoughts (worry, anxiety, self doubt, etc) and eliminate them all one by one until you are left with pure positive energy—then paint your heart out.


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