Nicholas Wilson was born in Seattle, Washington in 1947. He decided to become a wildlife artist on his 8th birthday. As a self-taught artist, he developed his own style and technique over the years.
Nicholas Wilson has been active for 47 years as a professional artist. As Curator of Exhibits at the Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum in the 1970’s, he developed his artistic techniques for expressing his deep love of nature. He painted a 16,250 square foot mural in the 1980’s at the Jungle World Exhibit in the Bronx Zoo, New York. His gouache paintings, which depict his unique style of texture and whimsy, have been exhibited around the world and are in permanent collections at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA and the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has also enjoyed the challenges of monumental bronze sculpture commissions …”The Wildcat Family”, an 11½ foot sculpture at the University of Arizona, Tucson, the “Natural Flow”, a 14 foot sculpture at the Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia and “The First Responder”, a 6’3” sculpture for a firefighter’s memorial in Noblesville, Indiana.
In addition to gouache, oils, watercolors and bronze sculpture, he also has created copperplate etchings. His etchings and wood engravings are being distributed and can be found in homes around the world as well as in permanent collection at the Smithsonian in D.C. and the Leigh Yawkey Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Nicholas has been painting and sculpting in Tubac for 13 years and with his wife, Debbe, enjoys this community of friends and nature’s never ending gifts from the desert. He is especially pleased to have his seven foot bronze jackrabbit sculpture, “Tubac Jack” in a permanent location at the Tubac Center of the Arts.
Image: Nicholas Wilson, “Watchful Eyes” From the collection of Nicholas and Debbe Wilson.
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