The Oliver Art Gallery is happy to announce Dave Nicholas, as their Feature Artist for the month of November 2012.
Watercolour artist Dave Nicholas, is a long-time resident of the Southern Okanagan. He originally moved to the area in 1965, to teach art at the Southern Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver, where he stayed for some twenty years and then moved to the Osoyoos Secondary School.
During that time and since, Dave has been showing his watercolour paintings in both group and one-man shows throughout Southern B.C. and all the while teaching classes in watercolour and design in a number of Okanagan communities.
Dave studied art at the University of B.C. and over the years has taken workshops from internationally recognized watercolour painters. More recently, Dave has shown his work at the Tumbleweed Gallery, the Red Rooster Gallery and is presently an owner/member at the Oliver Art Gallery.
Dave’s watercolours explore the varied landscape of the Okanagan Valley and have in particular an appreciation of the distinctive hues of the dry interior landscape as changes occur from season to season. Dave prefers to do much of his work on site and likes using watercolour because it lends itself so nicely to “plein air” work. Each season of the year brings fresh challenges for the out-of-doors painter with changes in weather and temperature and needs to alter technique to meet the changing conditions.
The Okanagan is a painter’s paradise of sky blue lakes, rolling hills of orchards and vines, sweeping banks of clay and low slung mountains to act as backdrop to the changing scenes.
Dave, now retired from teaching, works out of his studio in Penticton where he lives with his wife, Angela.
Come and see Dave’s works, at the Oliver Art Gallery, 6046 Main Street, Oliver during the month of November, open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00AM – 4:00PM. There will be a Kick-off Reception for Dave’s art on Friday, November 2, from 5:00PM – 7:00PM. Everyone is welcome.