Neil Nicoll is a contemporary landscape and cityscape artist working primarily with acrylics. Born in Edmonton and raised on the Albertan countryside, he currently resides in Sherwood Park. From an early age he was fascinated by nature, and loved to draw and paint. He usually has a few projects on the go at any one time, which currently includes an image of a crashing wave and a mountain landscape. Neil has shown his work at Colchester Hall, Edmonton City Hall, and Gallery@501 through his early career, and is represented in private collections across western Canada.
My work is inspired by the living world. I want each piece to be an unfolding drama; communicating with the viewer as it is discovered. Dramatic lighting, complemented by color and composition, should work together to tell a story. I love collecting reference photos, usually from around the Edmonton area and in the mountains. Most of the planning is done on my computer. I sketch out each piece using a tablet and stylus, sometimes several times, before mixing any real paint. Being close to nature is important to me; I feel compelled to be a voice for the environment by using my work to bring awareness to the impact we all have on the natural world around us.