Every piece of art has a story to tell and connects with emotions. Every landscape, and the power of nature, inspires and evokes feelings. Fort Collins, Colorado is the perfect spot to access the natural world, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, foothills, prairie, and high desert. Alene has traveled a fascinating path through life that has taken her all over the American west and parts of Mexico, to mountains, deserts, oceans, forests, and prairies to pursue her passions: her original artwork, writing and running.
Alene has been making original artwork since 2000 She started painting in pastels, with an emphasis on southwestern landscapes. After a long hiatus she has returned to mixed media and acrylics as her favorite media, which are featured in her online art gallery.
Mountain, desert and ocean landscapes outside of the art studio offer breathtaking views and inspirational opportunities for creative expression. Traveling through places on foot allows for a full sensory experience translated into a work of art.
Featured artist Alene Nitzky lives in Fort Collins, Colorado and has been making art since 2000. While living in Arizona in the early 2000s, Alene began painting in pastel, inspired by the colorful and rugged scenery of the southwest. She now works primarily in acrylic and mixed media. She draws her inspiration from landscapes where she runs, hikes, and travels. A self-taught artist, her original abstract work captures elements of the fragile nature of our world impacted by climate change- land, sea, and waterscapes, weather, plant life, and the human experience. She incorporates natural and upcycled materials into her mixed media pieces.
After a nearly 20 year hiatus working as an oncology nurse in Colorado, she returned to her art studio, exploring different media, starting Dissolve Art in 2023. An ultradistance runner for nearly 40 years, Alene has explored places extensively on foot, running thousands of miles in that time, allowing her to see the landscape from various vantage points, up close and in panoramic views. Her original artwork is inspired by many of the places she's run, such as Death Valley, the Sonoran Desert, the canyons and cliffs of New Mexico, the Black Hills, the Rocky Mountains and foothills of Colorado, and the coastal landscapes of Oregon through Baja California.