Nicole Renee Ryan

Nicole Renee Ryan is a contemporary watercolorist, oil painter and muralist from Mercer, PA.

Nicole Renee Ryan attended Washington and Jefferson College and graduated cum laude with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Professional Writing. She has been awarded a residency at the New York Student’s League at Vytacil, a fellowship at VCCA, and was nominated for Pittsburgh's 2016 "Emerging Artist of the Year". In 2017 she was awarded a Flight School Fellowship through the Heinz Foundation. Most recently, her artwork has been exhibited at Superfine! Art Fair NYC, Architectural Digest NYC, Gallery Oh! Chicago, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Chautauqua Institute of Art NY, and the Heinz History Museum in Pittsburgh.


Artist Statement

I paint journeys through imagined spaces and misremembered places. These landscapes are based on my memories of memories. These landscapes include things remembered and things forgotten represented by half realistic and half abstract shapes, things real and unreal.

Parts of the landscape shift and become their own active subject, playing, moving and breaking away expressing the loss of memory with imagination filling the gap.

I work in oils and watercolors in an intuitive way. I am mis-remembering and imagining as I work. I explore and create a world through my brushes one small brushstroke at a time.