......About Me - Nick Oatman


Abu Dhabi and Sail Boat - digital Painting

Moving through the world of art...

I started by experimenting with combinations of pencil/charcoal/crayons/watercolors/spray paints/ and color pencils. I settled on watercolors using both wet on wet washes and dryer opaque painting. I stayed with watercolors for a few years, then started painting with oils.

My first oil paintings were mostly medium size paintings in a realistic style. Then I painted large canvases about 5' by 6' in size. All my oil paintings were done on belgium linen with some or all palette knife work. These were stylized graphic works done with "patches" of colors, usually in heavy "impasto" paint. All oil paintings are framed alike.

I started using a SLR digital camera about 2008 and been shooting ever since. I like to try and capture light in my photography. Sunlight, reflections, man made light, light through transparent material. Flashlights and mirrors help. I've also been doing digital painting now using photo's I've taken, some times from the TV.

I have sold watercolors and oil paintings in galleries in Bend, Oregon, as well as a successful art auction in Sunriver, Oregon. While living in Orange County, California, I sold art in Laguna Beach Galleries and from my studio. I got an Associate Degree in Graphic Arts with cash scholarship awards. Here in Portland I sold prints in Art Fairs.


Prints are available, standard sizes, see picture description.  Note: all oil paintings are originals with some prints available. 

Contact me email: car-nic@msn.com

Raindance Gallery, Downtown Portland