Oil paintings and graphite portraits
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About Our Art
“The sound of peeper frogs in early spring, the excitement of a wild thunder storm, the musky smell of leaves in the woods and the warmth of so many wonderful people. This is what Missouri is to me, and it inspires me to create.”
Renee Nilges is an award-winning artist who grew up seeking adventure and loving the outdoors. Her artwork is created from her intuitive nature and sense of humor. This gives her an uncanny ability to capture personality and to strike a chord deep seeded in so many people. From landscape to portraits, she creates from the heart.
She has been self-employed as a freelance artist, selling her paintings and commissioned work since 1998. While she has a background in commercial art, she is mostly self taught in fine art. She continues to learn and gain inspiration by taking workshops as well as instructing them. She has been teaching an ongoing oil painting class since 2002.
Her graphite portraits, oil paintings and watercolor paintings are in private and corporate collections all over the nation and abroad. One of her paintings sold at the art auction for The Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City, Missouri. It brought a price large enough to award her name on a gold plaque, which remains a permanent fixture of the building.
Her work is sold to collectors at juried and invitational shows, as well as through her website and galleries. Limited edition and open edition prints, as well as cards made from Renee’s original paintings and drawings are in regular demand. Her work continues to receive awards and recognition and grow in popularity.
Renee lives among the rolling hills in central Missouri with her husband and three kids. “The most important things to me are God, my family and friends, and creating art.” To experience what she paints she often travels. “Traveling helps to keep my mind open. I only like to paint where I’ve been or what I can identify with truthfully. My goal is to share my vision of the world with others through my work.”