Above Baker Beach
Oil on canvas
36 x 72 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.