Nick Eisele: Subtle Beauty

NOAPS Eisele PersianGold_oil on panel_12x16_NickEisele

“Persian Gold”, 12×16, Oil on Panel, Winner of the Second Place Award from the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society 2019 Spring Online International Exhibition; Private Collection.

The beauty of a still life painting is to let the viewer into a private world…to reach in and touch the precious objects and feel a part of their place and time.  The delicate textures, the finely tuned values and colors create subtle nuances for the viewer to discover over and over.  This painting by Nick Eisele accomplishes all of that; with a fairly neutral palette the artist relies on values and understated color to create a sense of quietude, a timeless interlude for us to ponder.

NOAPS Eisele Personal Effects_oil on panel_10x8_NickEisele  “Personal Effects”, 10×8, Oil on Panel, Private Collection

Nick Eisele is a recent graduate from the Schuler School of Art.  This young artist had a love of drawing at a young age, and began his advanced study in earnest at age 19.  Though he had envisioned a career in digital illustration and concept art, the lure of the old masters was irresistible, and he turned his attention to fine art and oil painting.  His earlier mentors, Felice House and Sam Woodfin gave Eisele the strong foundation he needed to proceed successfully at the Schuler School.

NOAPS Eisele Busted_oil on panel_9x12_NickEisele  “Busted”, 9×12, Oil on Panel, Collection of the Artist.

Eisele’s love of the old masters is evident in his work; his careful rendering, attention to detail, thoughtful compositions and narrative are reminiscent of the 19th century still life painters.  Among Eisele’s favorite painters is Emil Carlsen, known in particular for his moody still life paintings.

NOAPS Eisele Bone Dry_oil on panel_16x20_NickEisele  “Bone Dry”, 16×20, Oil on Panel, Private Collection.

Most of Eisele’s work is still life done in oil and some portraiture, however he also enjoys sketching in graphite and digital painting.  His palette consists of titanium white, cadmium lemon, cadmium yellow, cadmium orange, yellow ochre, transparent red oxide, burnt umber, Van Dyke brown, cadmium red medium, permanent alizarin, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue and ivory black.   Using a combination of bristle and soft brushes he works on clayboard panels.  He begins by blocking in clear shapes of shadows with an umber wash to establish the composition.  He then works in a direct manner with color.  During subsequent sittings he refines his details working outward from the focal area. Thick opaque paint is used in the light area, while keeping the shadows thin and transparent.

NOAPS Eisele Bobcat_oil on panel_5x7_NickEisele  “Bobcat”, 5×7, Oil on Panel, Collection of the Artist.

This young artist has achieved many accolades for his work; among his recent awards was a Purchase Award in the Art Renewal Center’s 14th International Salon.  He encourages his fellow artists not to be afraid to fail…and keep painting!

To view more work by Nick Eisele, visit his website at

To view more work from the NOAPS 2019 Spring Online International visit

Written by Patricia Tribastone, NOAPS Blog Director

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