My name is James, I'm 40 years young and live in sunny Sussex.
I have always been interested in art, and did two art 'O' levels at school but wasn't the best in the class! When I left school, I got a job like any normal 16 year old boy, but within the first two weeks of working life I had a serious accident and was off work for six weeks.
As you can imagine I was very bored and limited with what activities I could do; so I picked up a set of paints, that my Nan had bought me for my sixteenth birthday, and began work on my first painting.
MY FIRST PAINTING
It took a long time to finish that first painting. I was on a steep learning curve as I'd never really taken much interest in oil painting at school. After some trial and error and a lot of patience I completed it. Looking back, it's not one of my greatest pieces of work but it's pretty good for a first attempt, even if I do say so myself!
I continued with fantasy paintings for several years.
In 1991 I decided it was time to try my hand at Portraits. So I began painting and found I was quite good at them!
My First Portrait Harriet
I was soon inundated with requests from friends and family, and through word of mouth, I began to get orders from people i'd never met.
After nine years of painting I decided I needed a change, so I packed up my brushes and turned my hand to drawing portraits instead. My first drawn portrait was of Harriet in 1996.
(The piece below was drawn from three separate photographs.)
A FAMILY PORTRAIT (2000)
In 2003 I became bored with drawing portraits. I felt creatively limited and simply wasn't getting any enjoyment from my work anymore.
I was still receiving a lot of requests from people for drawings of their loved ones, but I finally decided to close the chapter on 'family style' portraits with one of my Mum.
Since then I have discovered my real passion....WILDLIFE!!
The first wild animal I drew was a Puma, back in 1999. Maybe I should have realised how much enjoyment and satisfaction I get from drawing animals back then; but I got there in the end and I hope you enjoy viewing my drawings on this site as much I enjoyed creating them!
All images, drawings and photographs on this website are Copyright of ©James Nicholls 2012
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