With Hidden Pond - Door County (2013), Nichols dives into capturing a body of water midday, with shadows consuming the left-part of the painting and light entering the right-half. A tree branch emerges from under the water surface, effectively cutting the scene into three horizontal planes. What lurks under the water is left in the abstract, with short, gestural brushstrokes hinting at its forms. The scene is idyllic and calm, with a sense of time passing easily with each rippling water layer.
A selection of Nichols’s paintings is currently on view at CK Contemporary
in San Francisco’s historic Union Square area. Set against other contemporary painters’ works, Nichols’s paintings stand out as thoughtful meditations on his connection to nature and the viewer’s relationship to the environment.