My name is Nick Sider. I am an aspiring wildlife painter living in Harrisburg, PA. To understand my passion for art, I would love to share part of my story with you. My relationship with art has been an interesting one. Art was always a very big part of my life growing up; however, after deciding not to study art in college, I took a detour that kept me away from the art world for nearly 7 years. Having graduated with a ministry degree and worked for churches for 3 years, I found myself experiencing what some may call a quarter-life crisis. I was 25 and realized that the little kid in me was not happy with my career choice. He had always dreamed of something different. He wanted to be a painter. I decided I needed to somehow return to the world of art that I loved so much in the earlier years of my life. So, I quit my job, moved, grabbed the first waitering job I could find, and simply began painting. This was a completely new medium to me, but I instantly fell in love with it. After completing two pieces and receiving an overwhelming amount of support, I decided to take the risk and go into art full-time. While painting is still very new to me, it is hard to imagine doing anything else.
My love for art has always existed within the realm of photorealism. That tension of trying to discern whether or not a piece is a painting or a photo is something that has always captivated me. As a child I had such a fascination with animals, so painting wildlife was an obvious path to take. While I still have a child-like love for wildlife, my inspiration for painting is the sheer beauty and simplicity of life that I find in nature. I plan to continue growing as a wildlife painter., but hope to explore new forms of painting in the future.
I love to paint. I love to create. I love working at meticulous detail in order to trick the eye into believing a piece is more than just a painting. In a way, I see myself as an somewhat of an illusionist. By manipulating paint and texture, my goal is to create the illusion that a 2-dimensional, inanimate piece of canvas is a living, breathing display of nature staring back at you. For me, art is more than just a job or a hobby. It is an exercising of who I am. I do not know what I was doing before I started painting, and I cannot imagine doing anything else. As an artist, I simply desire to recreate what I find beautiful in the world and hope to become a master in the art of rendering such beauty.