“Seasons of Color in the Eastern Sierras & Desert Valleys” – Pastel and Watercolor Paintings
Nichols’ art is based on the tradition of the early California Impressionist plein-air painters. The works are in pastel with a watercolor underpainting, watercolor and oils, done on site or from my photos.
“My paintings investigate the local scenery of the high desert and the eastern Sierra mountains. I like to explore lighting effects and the changes they create. For me the landscape is a prism where the time of day can transform the light moving through it into constantly changing color.
After thirty-four years of instructing and motivating high school students in the arts, I am enjoying retirement and pursuing my own painting while exploring Indian Wells Valley, the high desert, and the Sierras. Trips in the local canyons, camping, and off-roading have provided landscape subject matter that constantly changes with the seasons.
I was the recipient of the 2014 ALVA Award from the Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union, am a member of The Desert Artists’ League, and have been part of the Manzanar Workshop and Exhibition, an annual plein-air paintout held at the site of Manzanar, for several years.”
Video courtesy of Mark Pahuta