I had a professor in college say that in order to be an artist, you must make beautiful things. I understand where he was coming from, because the definition of “beautiful” is subjective to every individual. But, I disagree. 

The art I make is not created out of a desire to make something “beautiful”. It is created out of a desire to express my interpretation of what is happening in the world around me. And, sometimes, that is very ugly.

I believe one of the important tasks that an artist has is to document the world in which they live. I would argue that every art movement in history has been born from this philosophy. So, my work spans a spectrum of topics, but primarily focuses on themes of environmental awareness and animal rights. 


Based in Appleton, Wisconsin



email: contact@natederidder.com

instagram: @nate.deridder

facebook: Nate DeRidder Art