Daryl R. Nicholson


As a youth, a wonderful middle school art teacher realized my aptitude for drawing and encouraged me to pursue that gift. My early works were detailed pencil drawings and pen and ink scratchboards ~ a foretelling of my future: I am a detail oriented person who has a zeal for challenges.

Although I have been drawing and taking photographs for a good part of my life, I more recently chose watercolors. I believed the spontaneous nature of its results would give me an opportunity to loosen up ~ and yes, because I relished the challenge they bring!  In watercolors, a mistake can be a wonderful accident; all does not have to be precise.

I have taken numerous classes and workshops with recognized watercolorists including Don Andrews, Jeannie McGuire, Charles Reid, Mel Stabin, Iain Stewart, Mary Whyte and Frank Webb. I am a member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, the Tallahassee Watercolor Society, Mid-South Watercolorists, Inc., the Landings Art Association, a Signature Member of the Light, Space and Time Online Gallery, a Merit Member of the Atlanta Artists Center, and a Past President and Signature Member of the Georgia Watercolor Society.


Snippets of My Life...

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an un-lived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

                                                                                                                                                                               Natalie Babbitt 

I like to push the limits of color and paint application, using strong design, vibrant colors, and distinct brush strokes to emphasize the characteristics of my subjects. Recently, I’ve been working on a series of paintings on Yupo, a waterproof synthetic paper, which provides exciting new challenges. I’ve also begun playing around with acrylic paint. These new mediums have helped to energize my creativity in a magical new light ~contrasting the figures I love

with abstracted works.

Essentially, my philosophy is to “break the rules” -- that’s what keeps it fun!

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