Artist, writer and entrepreneur Neltje overcame abuse, alcoholism, and suffocating social expectations to pursue a life of freedom and creativity in Wyoming. She was awarded the Wyoming Governor’s Art Award in 2005 and her works are held in numerous museum's permanent collections.
Artist Statement: "The majority of this exhibition plays with the concept of joy. Repetitive forms allow me to search out my feelings about summertime and the outrageously happy colors of my garden. Another part of the exhibition is, in a more tactile way, a time of memories."
Neltje is an Abstract Expressionist painter. Abstract Expressionism is an art style that uses color, line, and shape to convey emotions and meaning rather than reality. Each artist has their own unique way of 'expressing' emotions in their art.
The works in this gallery explore feelings, instead of focusing on how things look. Neltje uses vivid colors and bold brushstrokes to express joy inspired by her garden.
What brings you joy?
Do you see colors and shapes that remind you of a garden?
What colors and shapes would you use to express joy?