Lily Nesta

Dubuque, IA

Artist Statement

My name is Lily Nesta and I am an oil painter who is deeply passionate about the craft. Through painting, I find a therapeutic release that helps me navigate the ups and downs of life. Currently, I am a student at Clarke University, where I have been able to develop my skills and learn more about the art world. My artwork is an exploration of the human experience, with a particular focus on themes of emotion, irony, and existentialism. I draw inspiration from a wide range of sources, including my own personal experiences, literature, and the natural world. In my art, I want to remind people of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death, but also to celebrate the beauty and wonder of the world that surrounds us. I hope my paintings can inspire others to take a closer look at the world and find something meaningful in the everyday.


Lily Nesta, Angry Girl Irony 2, 2023, Oil on canvas paper, 13" x 13" x 1"