Nina Weiss has been painting and drawing the landscape for over thirty years. Her work is represented in private and corporate collections including United Airlines, Aetna Insurance, McDonalds, Eli Lilly, and Avon. She has a lengthy resume of solo and group exhibitions including New York Art Expo; Kohenline Art Museum, and the Union League Club. Her work can be seen in two Hollywood films; “Chicago Fire” TV series; & is licensed in prints and posters. Publications include the books “100 Artists of the Midwest”; “Artists Homes & Studios” & “The Chicago Art Scene”. Nina travels extensively to research and document inspirational landscapes at home and abroad. She completes her large-scale landscape paintings in her Evanston studio. Her large layered compositions evoke the lush feel of landscape in deep, saturated color. Nina’s surfaces are alive with gesture and emotion. Her lengthy teaching experience includes The School of the Art Institute of Chicago & Columbia College Chicago. Nina travels with students to Europe every summer for her European Landscape Workshops.
My recent landscape paintings delve into the layers; colors; and textures created by the flowers and grasses of the natural prairie landscape. A close-up entry into this complex mass of organic matter allows me to concentrate on the physicality of painting (line; gesture; color) with less emphasis on the traditional subject matter of landscape painting.
As a counterpoint to the large Prairie landscapes; my on-going series of 12” X 12” Waterways affords me the challenge of translating my technique to a smaller canvas. Strokes; layering and gesture become more gestural and immediate. The waterways series is inspired by rivers, streams, irrigation ditches and lakes throughout the States, Italy, England, and France.
The paintings draw you into a heightened vision of gesture and hue, depicting the natural landscape with colors that are intense, lush, and dramatic. I strive to push the work beyond ideas of traditional landscape. Teasing out the complex colors of nature, creating layers of contrast, line, and form; I hope to present the viewer with a new; thought provoking glimpse of their everyday environments.