Nina The Artist
The scope of Nina's endeavors in the field of art is broad indeed but it is, of course, based in her own creativity and purpose as an artist herself.
Passionate, dramatic, and vivid are just some of the words used to describe her landscapes. The works have a very strong presence, whether due to dramatic shadows, strong compositions, or vibrant colors. These are landscapes that draw the viewer into a heightened vision of color and gesture. They depict nature; but more intense; more lush, more dramatic. They go beyond traditional ideas of a green landscape. She teases out the complex colors of the landscape using layers of color, line, and form to build these vibrant paintings and drawings. The works are each a powerful moment from travels in the everyday landscapes of our world.
Nina's own studio is just as you might romantically picture an artist's studio to be - alive with canvases and colors of the worlds she has interpreted.
Nina is particularly talented when it comes to commissioned work. She will work with you to create an individualized piece of art to your specifications and interior design needs.
To learn more about Nina as an artist and see many more of her extraordinary pieces, visit her personal site at www.ninaweiss.com.
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Nina Weiss is a nationally recognized artist who has been painting and drawing the landscape for over 25 years. She is the Founder of Art Endeavors, a Highland Park -based art education organization dedicated to teaching and helping others to maximize their abilities in and enjoyment of art. She has been written about in the Chicago Tribune, The Daily Herald and North Shore Magazine. Artist's Residencies include the Ragdale Foundation, Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her current teaching appointments include Columbia College Chicago, the Evanston Art Center, the NorthShore Art League; and the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Nina teaches workshops throughout the Midwest, and travels to Europe every summer to conduct her European Landscape Painting & Drawing Workshops. She exhibits widely in solo and group shows throughout the Midwest. Nina's own work can be seen at www.ninaweiss.com. In her life away from art, Nina relishes her time with family; her husband, Evan, and their beautiful daughter.
My study and love of art has been a life-long passion. I grew up outside New York City and was lucky to be able to take advantage of Manhattan's cultural offerings. Some of my earliest memories are from this time; pausing on the ramp at the Guggenheim Museum; pondering an abstract painting in a gallery on Madison Ave, and playing with the transparencies in an early color wheel. My parents encouraged my artistic exploration by providing me with plenty of art supplies; including rolls of thin white paper from the examining tables in my fathers' medical center. We drew murals on the floor with crayons. Later, I spent afternoons after high school drawing happily at my desk; copying master works and illustrations. Eventually I turned my attention to creating huge copies in oil of my favorite rock albums.
I signed up for my first painting lesson at age eleven at the Roslyn School of Painting on Long Island, and at age thirteen began taking the train into Manhattan every Saturday to study life drawing at the Art Student League. I attended a pre-college summer session at the Rhode Island School of Design; and then skipped my last year of high school to begin my freshman year at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.
I have always had strong reactions to color; and drew inspiration from hours of study of the Expressionist Movement. I have melded this love of emotive color with landscape as subject matter. When I moved from the East Coast to the Midwest to attend Graduate School; the horizons of the Midwestern landscape inspired me. I began biking with my camera; taking photos for use and reference in my studio. Travel is the twin passion accompanying my lust for landscape. Travel presents me with new landscapes and opportunities.
Now; as artist, teacher, mother and wife; I am even more excited than ever to follow and pursue my artistic path. Thanks for coming with me!