Nicholas Coleman was born in Provo, Utah, in 1978. Brought up in an artistic home, Coleman has been painting and drawing for as long as he can remember. He has found much of his inspiration in his travels across North America, Canada, Europe, and Africa. Hunting and fishing along the way, he has often explored hidden streams and valleys looking for signs of wildlife. He gained an appreciation for the subtle details hidden in plain sight. In his own words, he wants to “preserve the heritage of the American West.”
Coleman uses a traditional academic approach in his painting. Never formally trained, he looks to the masters of old to inspire and guide his career. His work definitely has a feel of realism as he strives to make each painting better than the last. There is a certain amount of spontaneity and a slight impressionistic feel to his paintings that lets the viewer participate in the work. Coleman endeavors to create a connection between his paintings and the observer by invoking a mood that the viewer can walk into.
“The work I am striving to produce is a kind of preservation,” he says. “The West has always fascinated me. So many stories to tell.”