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 Charles Wesley Nicholson  (1886 - 1965)

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Lived/Active: California/Indiana      Known for: landscape-coastal-desert, seascape

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Charles Wesley Nicholson
from Auction House Records.
"Late Afternoon In California Coachella Valley"
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Biography from ArtSanDiego:
Nicholson, known for his landscape, seascapes, and occasional rare mission paintings, was born near French Lick, Indiana on June 25, 1886. He had a teacher's certificate from the state of Indiana and taught in a log cabin for over three years.

In 1908 he moved to Chicago and worked for Marshall Fields while studying at the Art Institute of Chicago. After completing his art training in Chicago he traveled with vaudeville shows, painting and designing sets. He served in the army in WWI, then eventually moved to Los Angeles where the movie business provided him employment.

After settling into a studio, he worked as a freelance artist for several movie studios and sold his paintings on the side. With the onset of the Depression his art sales fell off dramatically, so he changed his style to be more impressionistic. He traveled in his Model A Ford to paint the deserts of the Palm Springs area, the California coastal regions, and the Monterey Peninsula. While painting alongside the road with his pet cockateel perched on his shoulder, he would display his works for passersby.

Nicholson died in Los Angeles, California on December 20, 1965 leaving behind a large volume of work. You will find variations of his middle name (either Westly, or Wesley) depending on the reference source used. He signed most of his works, "C.W. Nicholson"

A good deal of the information for this biography was taken from Edan Hughes' Artists in California, 1786-1940...2002 Edition.

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