Nelia Harper is a landscape painter who seeks to capture the aesthetic beauty of nature, and create an intimate connection between the viewer and the natural world.

A life-long creator, Nelia has engaged in artistic expression through photography, collage, and paper and fiber arts, before committing to painting with formal training.

Her education began with college level drawing courses and continued under the instruction of Janeen Schissler, at the Schissler Academy of Fine Arts in Loveland, Colorado, where she worked primarily in pastel.

Intrigued by the properties of pure pigment and the historical use in the Renaissance style of painting, she then studied the technique of egg tempera under Koo Schadler at the Sedona Arts Center.

Continuing her education with the study of oil painting, Nelia combined formal training, workshops, self-study, field studies, and studio work, including direct study with master oil painters, David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Jacqueline Kamin, and Jeanne Mackenzie.

Following the example of the impressionist masters, she paints largely from nature (en plein air).  These provide the basis for further development of ideas in the studio.

Her paintings have been shown in national and international exhibitions, and are included in private collections throughout the United States and Canada.



2016 – Guerilla Painter Award – 12th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition
2015 – Honorable Mention – Artists Association of Northern Colorado “Spring Forward” Show

Professional Associations

Pastel Society of Colorado

Plein Air Artists of Colorado