Adding personal reactions to art, Jeannie Sellmer’s work features an evolution through NM landscapes

The Journal continues the once-a-month series “From the Studio” with Kathaleen Roberts, as she takes an up-close look at an artist.

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Albuquerque Journal, Sunday, May 8, 2022
By Kathaleen Roberts / Journal Staff Writer

“Sellmer has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade in terms of fully realizing her abstact lansdscape paintings. All I can say is ‘wow’ while viewing her tough but accessible work in this exhibition. Sellmer has arrived at a very high place with a visual vocabulary to match her skill set.

“Her compositional structures are perfectly balanced, and her palette is jaw-droppingly broad-spectrum.”

Albuquerque Journal, February 4, 2018

“In Two Trees Sellmer bridges abstract compositional elements with a near-view landscape that captures light and life while telling a story. … a very solid and visually satisfying painting.

Rio Chama in Gold by Jeannie Sellmer, with its rhythmic sweep of the river and its vertical accents of trees, exudes an almost musical quality.

“Sellmer's overall intention is to create an expressive transcription of her experience of the landscape through homage to realism and an understanding of the underlying abstract qualities. She is succeeding in both her integration of abstraction and realism as well as her ability to separate those divergent philosophies of visual art in order to work in both genres.

“…a proficient and productive artist who has successfully internalized the Southwestern landscape.”

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Albuquerque Journal, August 28, 2011

Local Treasures Awards Ceremony

Albuquerque is once again honoring the best of the best in visual arts, the “Local Treasures.” The six artists who received this prestigious award were selected by the Albuquerque Art Business organization based on their outstanding contributions to the visual arts and their ongoing community service. The “Local Treasures” 2011 are: Lois Bradley, represented by Framing Concepts Gallery, Eason Eige, represented by Bright Rain Gallery, Leo Neufeld, represented by Matrix Fine Art, Jeannie Sellmer, represented by Sumner and Dene, Emily Trovillion, represented by Weyrich Gallery, and Nancy Young, represented by Weems Gallery.

The Collector's Guide, August, 2011

“Her relaxed mid-career paint application in Field and Sky lends lively energy to the scene. Sellmer is really coming to artistic maturity through strong drawing abilities, an understanding of perspective and a comprehension of landscape elements ranging from delicate water reflections to the formidable masses of mountains.”

Albuquerque Journal, September 20, 2009

“Sellmer keeps getting better with every show. She is relaxing into her own vision as her chops develop. She is an artist to watch.”

Albuquerque Journal, May 17, 2009

“Jeannie Sellmer also offers several nicely painted landscapes that lean toward abstraction. I first noticed her excellent work at the Fisher Gallery a few months ago.”

Albuquerque Journal, April 22, 2007

“In Mid-Afternoon Sellmer touches the soft side of the Soutwestern land. Her slightly soft-focus vision depicts a grassy plain leading to earth-colored hills. She treats the hills as delicate flesh and the bush covered middle ground as a welcoming carpet.

“If you were to walk in the real place that Sellmer alludes to, you would not find it as comforting as she implies. The grass is prickly and likely filled with burrs and goatheads. But it's Sellmer's fiction that I find appealing. As a plein-air painter she well knows the lies she is telling with her brush.”

Albuquerque Journal, March 4, 2007

Film & Television Credits

Jeannie's artwork has been featured in several film and television productions including:

  • Breaking Bad, (Season 4) featuring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, and RJ Mitte.
  • As Cool As I Am featuring James Marsden and Claire Danes.
  • Ten Year featuring Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Brian Geraghty, Justin Long, Anthony Mackie, Scott Porter, Lynn Collins, Kate Mara, Chris Pratt, Oscar Isaac, and Jenna Dewan Tatum.