Born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Nina always had a desire to create and bring her dreams to canvas. She graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. After graduating, she held an artist residency for a semester at the university. Engaged with the professors and students she shared her love of art and knowledge of painting in the classroom each week. Today, Nina works full time, while actively fulfilling her passion of painting. Her work speaks through abstract ideas of the universe, nature, and organic forms.
Inspired by architectural structures, microscopic images, and the universe, my paintings represent microcosms and macrocosms based on abstract elements of the world that surrounds us. I create images that are comforting. I achieve this awareness by including geometric and organic forms and using cool tones and touches of warm hues.
The surface of my work has a tangible texture built with paint, gel mediums, and polymer varnish. I model layers, dimensions, and illusions of space in the painting. My color palette includes variations of blue, purple, and green with accents of bold reds, oranges, and yellows.
The finished pieces suggest self-contained worlds, which may include tedious and time consuming drawings of pod-like, geometric figures that essentially float through the piece. The forms can move fluidly throughout, or they can be alienated from the surrounding environment. Of late, these tiny drawings have evolved into larger geometric figures. The use of tape assists in the construction of lineation and geometric forms. I plan and reconstruct forms directly on the canvas, rather than in a sketchbook. Evoking a dream-like quality, there is a mood of calmness in the painting.