Creating from her ranch in Northern New Mexico and the San Diego backcountry, artist Stacy Nixon explores the magical undercurrent of life and the mystery of the subconscious through her painting and sculptural practice.
“I am not interested in visual reality, I am interested in the way our internal stories shape our lives.”


As a fifth generation native Californian, Stacy comes by her divergent tendancies and risk taking nature honestly.

She studied art and design in San Diego and became self employed at 22. Eventually, she moved to the country, homeschooled her 2 children, raised lots of chickens, bought a ranch in rural new mexico, became a pretty good rifle shot, and never lost her love of art.

Her work is created using gouache, oil, encaustic and precious gold and silver leaf. This combination of ancient and valuable materials combines to create luscious textures and finishes not commonly seen in contemporary painting using acrylic and modern mediums.

Stacy’s award winning work has been juried consistently into some of the most noteworthy exhibitions in the region, been recognized by multiple artist in residence programs throughout the country, and can be found in private collections and illustrated publications around the world.

Because of her interest in maintaing a feeling of spontenaity and freedom in her work, many of her paintings are works on paper, both large and small. Other more highly distressed pieces are created on canvas and cradled panel. She has a deep desire to illuminate the connections between the conscious mind and the unconscious landscape of possibility, with lots of beauty on the side. Connection to history, story, myth, and magic are always present, waiting to be discovered.

Artist Statement

My main materials are beeswax, earth pigments, oil, and genuine gold and silver leaf. The visual alchemy of these materials prove to be both timeless and truly contemporary.

I’ve come to understand now that my paintings are not so much compositions as separate spaces. Although two dimensional for the most part they are a space for the viewer to visit. They open up a quiet moment, a place to rest. They are somewhere to come in order to revisit a lost past within oneself, to stir an old memory, to bring the mind to a place of stillness where we can hear our own thoughts again, somewhere to connect with forgotten things.

Deep quiet reflection is something greatly undervalued in our culture at the present moment. It is where truth and beauty lie. It is where we answer our own questions and are able to hear important new ones. It is necessary to keep the heart full.

I often reference intuitive impressions of places and situations. I am not depicting particular spaces or ideas, preferring to lead the viewer into experiencing an internal shift into the vibration of a space. It feels fulfilling and magic to paint this way, so I do. I hope very much that I am able to share that feeling with others.

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