Artist Kelly Neidig currently lives and works in Vancouver, Washington. Born in Pittsburgh, she studied Landscape Architecture and Integrative Arts at Pennsylvania State University. After spending three years in Phoenix exploring the Southwest and gaining inspiration from the vast open desert, her longing for rain, grass and trees led her to Portland in 2005. A career artist, Neidig's work has been shown in numerous galleries and exhibitions in Arizona, Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, California and Reykjavik, Iceland, where she completed a residency in 2011. Her paintings hold a strong appeal to individual collectors and corporations alike.
Influenced by her understanding of the environment and elements of the Pacific Northwest, Neidig uses the landscapes of places she has traveled to show the experience of time and it’s effect on the memory. In the studio, she relies on her memory and imagination to reinvent these places. She is more interested in the overall feeling of these places than their details. Her memories can be vague or vanish quickly and sometimes the only thing she has left is color. Brightly colored stripes represent details of the landscape that vanish to the horizon and are juxtaposed against unmoving skies. The colors contribute to a feeling of nostalgia for place. This allows the viewer to call on their memories of place and connect with the painting based on their experiences. Ideally her paintings will remind the viewer of a place they have been.