Emilia Van Nest Markovich

"I draw inspiration for my work from nature and the surrounding environment. In my work I explore the connections between nature and memory through the use of color, line, shape, and pattern."

Emilia Van Nest Markovich creates collage drawings that reference the natural world. Her images are abstracted and reconfigured to create narratives about time and place. Through her use of layered color, bold patterning, and unique symbols, she creates work that is rich in visual meaning.

Emilia Van Nest Markovich draws with chalk pastel on black paper, working in layers to create rich texture and surface color. These drawings are then cut up and juxtaposed with drawings in gold leaf to create the final collaged work.

Emilia Van Nest Markovich studied at Alfred University and then received a BFA in painting from the University of New Mexico. After moving to Denver, Colorado, she obtained an MA degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She currently maintains a studio in Denver.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
28th Womens Work Show, Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock, IL, 2015
CSArt Colorado Art Shares, Denver Botanic Gardens, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO Boul;der, CO, 2015
Lone Tree Art Expo, Lone Tree Art Center, Lone Tree, CO, 2014
Healing Arts Solo Exhibit, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Littleton, CO, 2014
Broomfield Art in Public Places Solo Exhibit, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO, 2013
Children's Hospital Colorado, Children's Hospital Colorado Therapy Care, Parker, CO, 2011
The Denver Hospice , 8299 E. Lowery Blvd., Denver, Co, 2010
Jackson National Life Insurance, 7601 Technology Way, Denver, Co, 2011
Allstate Insurance, Corporate Office, Northbrook, IL, 2001
Swiss Bank, 141 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL, 2001