1Today we’d like to introduce you to Ellen Nemetz.
Ellen, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in rural Minnesota, the youngest of seven children growing up on a small dairy farm. During high school, I spent a year in New ZeaIand as an exchange student. I took an unconventional path to the arts. First, I studied studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Science from the University of Wisconsin, I subsequently moved to Miami, Denmark, Germany, and finally to Arizona with my Air Force husband. After moving to Phoenix, I started taking painting and drawing classes as well as Studio Art classes at the Maricopa Community Colleges. I just finished three years as a member of the Eye Lounge Artist Collective. I currently am the co-curator at First Studio in Phoenix.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a contemporary artist best known for my contemporary realistic style produced in oil and acrylics. Some of my work is built on self-examination and observations of my own mental and emotional processes. My works on anxiety used animals as my exemplars. The animals all displayed some degree of social anxiety or other psychological anomalies. My beautifully colored reflections can be simply enjoyed as a visual experience or as a metaphor for the malleability of memory. As a resident of the Sonoran desert, my most recent work has related to the necessity of water in all areas of our lives: not just a physical necessity but also a necessity for our mental health.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Keep on working at what you love. Don’t undervalue your work.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see my work at First Studio, 631 N 1st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003. I also routinely have work in shows throughout the Phoenix area: currently, I have work showing with the 515 Collective at Chartreuse, in the All Art Arizona Show at Art Intersection, at Massage Escapes, and at the Grinders Coffee Shop in Phoenix. People interested in my work can also look at my website.
Like most artists, the best way people can support my work is by buying it. I would love to see more people buying original art. In Phoenix, there seem to be many more artists at the shows than buyers. When people buy art, they support an artist and support the local economy.
- Website: www.ellennemetz.com
- Phone: 623-640-6713
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ellenemetz/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EllenNemetzArtist/