Nicholas Coley

Above Baker Beach, Oil on canvas, 36 x 72 inches

Above Baker Beach

Oil on canvas

36 x 72 inches 

Finches and Sparrows Build Nests in My Hair, Oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches

Finches and Sparrows Build Nests in My Hair

Oil on canvas

36 x 72 inches 

Soft Bend #1

Oil on canvas

36 x 36 inches 

Transient Light, Oil on canvas, 48 x 60

Transient Light

Oil on canvas

48 x 60 inches 

Rock SPrings #6, Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

Rock Springs #6

Oil on canvas

48 x 60 inches 

Tennessee Valley Eucalyptus, oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches

Tennessee Valley Eucalyptus #13

Oil on canvas

30 x 48 inches 

Across the Valley, Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

Across the Valley

Oil on canvas

48 x 48 inches 

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The Answer is Always Compassion

Oil on canvas

48 x 60 inches SOLD

Path in the Woods, Oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

Path in the Woods

Oil on canvas

20 x 20 inches 

 

Born in Connecticut in 1971 and raised in Muir Beach, California, Nicolas Coley, studied art at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Aix-en-Provence and at the Marchutz School in Le Tholonet, France. He holds a BA in painting from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and lived, studied, and painted for a year in a Vietnamese Buddhist monastery in southwestern France.  A familiar face in the woods at San Francisco’s Presidio, Coley’s art is often likened to the Impressionists and the The Society of Six.

 

Unafraid of color, his palette is completely dependent on the weather and runs the gamut from intense oranges to cool blue-greens. Coley’s use of fervent color, almost reminiscent of the Fauves, succeeds at arousing emotion in the viewer from looking at a landscape painting.

I love all color and make more of a proclamation with bold brushwork and gestural lines. I looked for compositions with energy and try to impress the immediacy and rush of painting.