Nicholas Coleman was born in Provo, Utah, the son of Michael Coleman, who is known for his landscapes and animal works. Brought up in an artistic environment, Coleman has been painting and drawing for as long as he can remember. He has traveled with his father extensively, painting studies and taking photographs for later works along the way. Preferring to be outside, the only time Coleman stays indoors is when he is painting from objects or studies brought back from the field.
His travels have taken him across North America, through Africa, and Europe. Coleman lived and worked in Brazil for two years, as well. Coleman finds inspiration through his travels, and the hunting and fishing he does along the way, as well as in history, art museums and other artists. These include his father, C.M. Russell, William Turner, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, and Frederic Remington.
Coleman uses a traditional academic approach in his painting, using gouache and oil. However, he doesn’t like to label his style as “realism,” as there is a certain amount of spontaneity and a slight impressionistic feel to his paintings. Coleman endeavors to create a connection between his paintings and the observer by invoking a mood that the viewer can walk into.
He plans to continue working hard at what he loves; his father told him, “you are only as good as your last painting,” so Coleman continually strives to improve his abilities. Never one to miss an opportunity, he also wants to improve his etching and sculpting skills.
Reference: AskArt.com, Southwest Art magazine