Nathan Horner

Contact Information:

nathanhorner@mail.com
www.nathanhorner.com

 

Artist Statement:

His story is a fascinating journey of an American individual / Artist. He was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, on February 6, 1967 and was raised by his Mother and Grandmother of humble means in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his two sisters. " (Note: He was the only multi-racial member of his Caucasian family and never met his Black father.) "I have overcome much adversity". It was apparent Nathan had a creative gift at an early age. Acknowledged by his teachers and peers as an Artist, Horner was inspired to further develop his talent. Through his desire to paint and draw, he received many local awards, TV, and press coverage - including recognition in the Lez Krantz, New York Art Review 1990 Edition. Horner's early works were done in a Photo Realistic Neo-Folk style using Color Pencils. Broadening his horizons, he was accepted into Parsons American University Paris and New York, but Horner chose to attend United States International University in San Diego, California. (Note: Nathan was roommate's with Thorsten Kaye of "All My Children" fame, and classmates with Jamie Foxx who also attended U.S.I.U. School of Performing and Visual Arts at this time.)

Associating with so many creative individuals along with the international campus environment and the California culture expanded his mind, and encouraged Horner's desire to experiment with new ideas. He began to paint in oils developing a style influenced by Edward Hopper, Vincent Van Gogh, and John Singer Sargent. A full time Painting and Drawing major, Horner painted for the Drama department as a "Scenic Artist". Living in San Diego, He began to surf, and work as a graphic artist for H-street Skateboard Company. (Note: H-Street later became Plan-B Skateboards which then spond a number other companies, Legendary Vert Skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Magnusson then creating Osiris).

Horner then returned to Virginia in the early 90s due to the illness of my grandmother who during this time passed away with Nathan and his sister at his side. (Note: At this time damage to his left cornea accured resulting in a scar that impaired his vision. Though he has had a surgery, his vision is still impaired to this day though it is not apparent.) While at home, Nathan enjoyed his time with his new baby sister and his grandmother while he attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA majoring in painting, drawing, and printmaking. Horner was very prolific during this time and produced many paintings living in an old brick four story storefront warehouse. This was also location of many social events. Nathan was a happening in the underground music and art scene.

At school under an independent study program, he developed a feature film production company later attending the AFM in Santa Monica to pitch the concept. In 1993 Nathan was awarded elite membership in the scholastic Golden Key National Honor Society in recognition of maintaining a 4.0GPA. He also was involved in some set painting for a "rock-u-mentary" by the Theatrical Mental Band GWAR. It was released globally and was nominated for a type of Grammy, Horner's name appears on the credits and he has a cameo in the film.

After his Grandmother's death in a life crisis Nathan returned to Ohio to stay with relatives for a while. He then returned to Richmond, Virginia. Here he was hired to be a supervisor for a company that traveled the United States erecting steal racks for Lowes warehouse stores. Taking the Greyhound, and in some cases hitchhiking from state to state to different jobs. Tiring of drinking and the vagabond life on the road, missing the surf, the weather and a stable place to produce his art he soon found his self back in San Diego. Soon he was commissioned to paint a Tree of Life mural at the Helen Woodward animal center in Rancho Santa Fe. At this time he lived in Ocean Beach where he painted his popular "OB Surfside Cottages" This began his rebirth as a painter working to survive and do his art became his mantra. Ideally he needed to find a way to free his self financially so he could become a full time artist, this sparked his marketing campaign, which continues today. Since 2001 he has donated a painting annually to be auctioned off to benefit the Surfrider Foundation.

The print, of his oil painting of the Old Point Loma / Cabrillo Lighthouse, was approved by the National Park Service and is now being sold at The Cabrillo National Monument gift shop in Point Loma. You may also find Horner's Prints in La Jolla, Old Town, at the Airport and all over San Diego.

Nathan has been an active member of number of organizations including The La Jolla Art Association and the San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild. Horner recently moved to Hollywood, California where he has an apartment /studio he shares with his wife and toddler son "Hero". He works full time in the Finishing Department for a Graphics Company. You may see his original artwork in prominent galleries and collections around the world.

"I am passionately driven by an inner voice that tells me I have purpose and value as an individual and the things I create are treasures. I intend to continue my tenacious marketing while leaving my legacy of paintings and be a contributing and recognized figure, The New Millennium Hollywood Renaissance Artist."

Nathan Horner



Cabrillo Lighthouse 24" x 48"



Meditation Garden 36" x 48"



Surfside Cottages 18" x 36"



House of the Pirates Cave 60" x 72"



Villa Capri La Jolla 24" x 48"

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