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Nicholas M. Raynolds was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. As a child he gained his first inspiration to become a painter from his Grandfather who was visiting from Germany. It was under this influence that he acquired the fundamentals of seeing and drawing.
Raynolds began his formal studies in art at the age of 15 in Vancouver, Canada where he later received his BFA. He continued his studies in Düsseldorf, Germany; Halifax, Nova Scotia and Seattle Wa. In pursuit of the mastery of his craft, he moved to New York City in January of 2001 to study at the Water Street Atelier and at Studio 126.
Raynolds is represented by the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco and the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in New York City. His work can be found in numerous national and international collections including The Forbes Collection, NY. His work has been published in American Artists Drawing, The Artists and Art Collector magazines and his painting appears on the cover of John Updikes novel Seek My Face.
Raynolds teaching experience includes classes, workshops and demonstrations at The National Academy School of Fine Arts, NY; The Art Students League of New York and as an adjunct professor at Queensborough Community College in New York City, The Gage Academy of Art in Seattle Wa., The Long Island Academy of Fine Art, NY and as a guest instructor at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia PA. He has taught figure drawing and painting and other classes at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and currently teaches at The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas in Asheville, NC.
Raynolds has worked and traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe, to Mexico and the Middle East often working as a scenic and decorative painter for film, theatre and residential and commercial projects. Most notable of these was assisting in the decoration of the palace and residence of His Highness Sheik Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In 2002 he was among a group of artists in residence with the Forbes Foundation in Balleroy, France. He also worked as an assistant painter to Jeff Koons in New York City.
Nicholas Raynolds lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and daughter.