For artist Nick Gustafson, the natural world is a creative catalyst. “Nature is the only thing I’ve ever been interested in painting,” says the Forest Grove, Oregon, artist. “I go hiking nearly every weekend and like to spend time in the wetlands.” He also enjoys wildlife photography, using his photos as inspiration for his canvases.
Gustafson uses a variety of media, including acrylics, watercolors and colored pencils to render whimsically styled, brightly patterned horses, trees, mushrooms, flowers, frogs and insects. He typically photographs his paintings to edit them digitally, amplifying the colors.
The artist’s family, including his five children, is another source of inspiration and support; he and his daughter recently captured first place in the adult and youth categories of a local area chalk art festival.
An artist since childhood, Gustafson studied at the Art Institute of Seattle and Art Institute of Phoenix. His paintings have been exhibited in venues throughout the West. Gustafson has also donated works to some
of his favorite wildlife charities, including Save the Frogs! and the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue.
The artist’s portfolio can be viewed at Nick-Gustafson.pixels.com.