NICHOLAS PEARCE - Instructor at MISSA 2020

Nicholas Pearce has taught figurative painting, particularly the portrait, in B.C. and Alberta for 20 years. He paints in acrylics, using a limited palette of four colours plus white, and a single large brush for everything from fine details to tonal washes.

He and his students...

have mounted group shows at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, and he has been represented by galleries in Victoria, Vancouver, California, Calgary and Edmonton.

Nicholas began painting with his father as a child. He attended the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and worked in the art department for CBC-TV before becoming illustrations editor for the Calgary Herald. He specialized in portraiture, and in capturing likenesses during courtroom trials.

He left Alberta’s frigid winters for Vancouver Island to live on a sailboat and make the transition from illustration to fine art, inspired by the work of Degas and the other Impressionists.