I am a surrealist southwestern landscape artist, painting and living in Santa Fe, NM. I have lived in Philadelphia, PA and Palm Beach County, Florida until June of 2013. While in Florida I was juried into the Signature Level of membership at The Artists’Guild, an affiliate of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida. While I was with the guild I was in 4 juried shows and 1 invitational. In 2015 I was included in an invitational show at Back Street Bistro.
I see my work as a unique visual combination of the realistic and the whimsical. The seemingly familiar landscape format is made up of images and colors that are not traditional landscape shapes and forms. The duality of the real and the fantasy being constantly at play, allows the collector to think that at least in part the image is real when in fact no part of the image is real on any level. I'm inspired by nature but I paint from my imagination.
Currently I paint in my studio, which is in my home, and with “Santa Fe Local Treasures”; an Artist in Residence program working in finer hotels in Santa Fe. I’m also a member of both Perspectives and Art Santa Fe, two groups whose focus is in developing up and coming artists in Santa Fe and the Southwest. Please contact me to arrange a private studio tour.
Art is where the eyes, the mind, the heart and your soul somehow magically come together in your fingertips. I celebrate and use color and shapes to help reinterpret the landscapes through my imagination. I’m a bit of a surrealist in that all my paintings are created in my mind and this is where being a colorist is essential to my art. I’ve been influenced by the works of Richard Diebenkorn, Linda Plotkin, Canadian landscape painters A.Y. Jackson and Alex Coleville and the Canadian 7, Grant Wood’s surreal landscapes and the ultimate colorist and brush work master, Vincent van Gogh.
I invite the collector into my world and my experiences of a certain place or time where I drew inspiration. If I can recreate in the mind of the collector, my experiences and feelings I had while viewing what inspired me, then I feel I have accomplished my goal. The collector now experiences the same love I felt for the landscape I originally saw, and it develops as a painting in my mind. All of my landscapes are completely made up.
My passion is my art. Without passion there can be no great art. When I’m painting the surrounding world disappears and 100% of my focus is on the painting in front of me. I revere the beautiful and personally sacred lands of New Mexico and attempt to express that reverence in my art. I have always been drawn to and painted southwestern images and using colors of the Southwest long before I ever saw or lived here in the southwest.
Previously I have worked for Utrecht Art Supplies as a store manager and product line developer, M. Grumbacher as a sales manager and program developer and Mont Blanc as a salesman. In Florida I owned and operated a high end interior decorative painting company, with services that included hand painting wall finishes, murals and gold leafing for the design trade and the national builder, Pulte Homes.
Currently I work in my studio and with “Santa Fe Local Treasures”, where I paint in the lobbies of finer hotels throughout Santa Fe. I have just started a new series of paintings called The Galisteo Basin Series. See "Like the First Morning" , an acrylic painting in the gallery now.
1969-1974 Pennsylvania State University B.F.A./Painting, minors in art history and literature
"I have dedicated my life to creating beauty"
Edward Joseph Nemec, 2005