Scot and Sarah are a colorful and dynamic duo both in life and in their art. They were the first visual artists to join the Art meets Vintage Gallery in October 2018 and I couldn’t be more pleased to exhibit their work. You’ll never meet two more kind, talented, or passionate artists. Their shared space at AMV pairs Scot’s bold and often experimental painting style with Sarah’s creativity in transforming everyday objects into extraordinary works of art. I’m most excited to see the blending of their styles on new collaborative pieces featured at their gallery opening in August. – Gregory Dierlam / Proprietor
I was born and raised in Southern California. My family relocated to Omaha, Nebraska when I was just 15 years old. As a girl I always had a natural ability and desire in the arts, both visual and musical. I currently live in SW Iowa in the town of Atlantic with two of my three sons, Daniel 25, Nathan 22, and Alekzander 11.
I have many artistic influences from classical to post-modern but I think three that I have always rooted my soul in are Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Marcel Duchamp. I enjoy the idea of merhing spiritual, personal and surrealistic experience in my art. Another big influence in my art was my late husband James B. Selders whom I learned many insightful things from and who opened my mind to the vast meaning of art and how it relates to the human experience. After his passing Art left me. I found no joy in creating art for many years and often wondered how or if I would ever do art again. After meeting a new friend, who later became the love of my new life and my muse, Scot von Nida sparked a fire in me! Inspired by his skills to overcome extreme adversity, much like myself, I began to create once again!! I am constantly evolving and recreating myself as a person and likewise as an artist, always in a state of flux. I seem to have one constant in my process however, the use of found objects and repurposed materials. I have always felt a spiritual connection to objects of antiquity, and curiosity which I collect to then transform into something new and unique. I am interested in the idea of using symbolism with the juxtaposition of objects or painted imagery to express a certain idea or feeling or emotion in my work. I enjoy collection the items that appeal to me from various sources; thrift stores, junk shops, flea markets, antique shops, on-line swaps and sales, the woods, just where ever and whatever grabs my spirit and reaches out to me. I utilize traditional art materials, as well, in the transformation of these objects, giving them new life!! I feel this speaks to the experience of my life, which is Art!
I studied visual art at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I worked under a menagerie of great artists and professors, the most significant of which are as follows: David Helm, Barb Simcoe, Peter Hill, Bonnie O’Connell, Larry Bradshaw and Kelly Adams.
Scot A. von Nida
As a child I realized art was a way to escape my reality in a sense. A native to St. Louis and coming from a family with 5 kids, it was a loving environment however, structured, very competitive and extremely rambunctious at times. My father was straight forward, very strict and highly creative! My mother, manipulative, but kind hearted in her later years, also finds joy in making art. I’ve learned that art is a way of life. Some of us start out very young seeing things as they truly are, having the sense to put it in a color frame of expression. The food of inspiration comes from all aspects of life. Being able to digest it and release it back gives a great sense of accomplishment.
I am Scott A. von Nida, a 57 year old man. Repairing furniture is my trade. Art is my life. I love, live and learn art daily. I like to think of myself as constantly evolving in my art. I also enjoy extreme mountain biking, martial arts, and I, along with my entire family, am an avid motorcycle enthusiast. I’m lucky to have found my partner in life, love and art, Sarah Selders. She has been an inspiration to me and is extremely talented. She and I are constantly pushing the envelope and meshing our skills as a woven blanket. She is amazing! I have two sons, Jeremy 40, and Nathaniel 12, who are my life, and like my art, I put a lot of love and time into creating a solid foundation and putting all of myself into their upbringing before letting them go to touch the world with their greatness! Knowing I’ve released something special into the world pleases me greatly.