Coming up – First Friday Art Walk in Grand Rapids, MN

Come to downtown Grand Rapids from 4 – 7 pm for a free, family-friendly community celebration of art and creativity.  I am excited to announce that I am participating in my hometown’s First Friday Art Walk (for the first time!), October 4th from 4-7 pm at Project Care (100 NW … Read More

Three Weeks – Feels Like Three Months

Three weeks ago, I packed my Prius and headed north on I-25, rolling over the hills and plains of Wyoming, South Dakota and North Dakota, traveling 500 miles.  Just before I reached Canada, I turned east and drove another 500 miles. Gradually the prairie gave way to clusters of trees, … Read More

The Things We Take For Granted

Sitting in a grain truck, ten feet off the ground, I watch the sun set though a bank of storm clouds. Dust drifts through the air, kicked up by two combines moving in tandem across a field of wheat. A feeling of gratitude washes over me, while I simultaneously sense … Read More

Aspen Forest, 12×12 oil on linen panel now available

In mid July, I was gathering my things for another yurt trip. After a fun adventure in June, I booked a second trip. This time, Andrea Gabel and I were planning a three night getaway to paint in the wilderness of State Forest State Park. We were excited about the … Read More

Top 10 Ways to Help Nelia Attend Art School

1. Add to your fine art collection.  I have updated my website with a HUGE sale.  AND, free shipping/delivery is included.  Over the past two years, I have diligently studied the landscape through drawing and studying with Deborah Paris.  Perhaps you have seen a change my approach to landscape painting? 2. Start … Read More

River’s Song, 11×14, oil on linen

River’s Song, 11×14, oil on linen is now on view and available at our 7th Annual Chasing Light Art Show that continues through this Saturday. Based on a plein air painting of the Poudre River, I brought the study back to the studio to create a larger more developed version. … Read More

Lean Into the Light

A picture perfect fall day along the Poudre River. As I painted this scene, I thought of poet Mary Oliver and this phrase from her book, Winter Hours. Sometimes, I think, were I just a little rougher made, I would go altogether to the woods – to my work entirely, … Read More

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