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"With attention to detail and an eye for what is beautiful, my aim is to create a timeless work of art that will mesmerize viewers for centuries."


Nina Gates is an American realist painter from Texas, with an international sensibility and perspective cultivated by a life of global travel and living, first as the daughter of an executive, and later as a military officer. She began painting figures in a local studio on weekends while working at the United States Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nina's works include landscapes, still life, human, and animal figures, and portraits. Her technique is a sophisticated balance of control and spontaneity and her paintings glow with subtle tones and elegantly glazed shifts of color. Some areas of paintings are so finely and precisely drawn they apprear almost photographic while others are loose, gestural, and textured, supporting thick impasto that begs to be touched. Thoughtful planning goes into edges--hard edges that define with rigorous severity, and soft edges that disappear like smoke into a background. The result is a masterwork created with formal nineteenth-century European painting methods that feels natural, engaging, and modern. 


In her free time Nina is a passionate equestrian and lifelong sailor, and loves to read, entertain, garden, and work with various philanthropies. Her studio assistant is a German Shepherd named Indiana Jones who often sleeps on the job. -H. Cordova

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