ARTIST STATEMENT My work is a reflection of my values, my beliefs, & my understanding of life. It is an expression of my experience and struggle as a human. I bring to it my greatest intentions. Whether working with the human form or sitting quietly in front of a still life, I am interested in creating an experience of visual harmony. Beauty is paramount, unity & wholeness sought through visual exploration. I am inspired by the resolve of the simple weed, and the extraordinary beauty of nature. Dazzled by colour, delighted by reflection and intrigued by the tactile qualities of form. The strength and solidity of a copper pot in contrast to the fragility of a dragonfly's wing. Life is calm and quiet in the studio, nothing seems to move, but if you look closely something else opens up, it is alive and beautiful and I ask myself can I capture... that?
ARTIST RACHELE NYSSEN
A graduate of UCLA and the Florence Academy of Art/US. Rachele is an award winning figurative oil painter. Since 2007 Rachele has trained and studied in the Classical Realist tradition, focusing on the genre of Still Life.
Inspired by the intelligence & beauty exhibited in the work of the Old Masters, she has traveled extensively to study with the most prominent painters living today as well as completing the Florence Academy of Art program her training brought her to Paris France, where she studied with Studio Escalier. Here she spent two winters drawing daily from the collection at the Musee du Louvre.
Rachele’s greatest growth as an artist has come through the study of nature, the human figure.
Fascinated by the beauty & movement inherent in all organic form she has extensively studied Artistic Anatomy, including gross anatomical study.
Most recently Rachele was awarded Best Still Life and Best Ecorche while studying at the Florence Academy of Art/US.
As well as top honors for her still life at Steamboat Springs Museum of Art. At the 2019 American Women Artist National Exhibition “Looking West”.
Her practice of astute visual observation has led to paintings that are filled with light, clarity & a presence rarely seen in painting today.
She maintains studios in both Fairfax and Truckee California.