I love this planet...
"Machu Picchu Morning"
...I love hiking its mountains and canyons, dodging its trees at ridiculous speeds on my bike & my snowboard, rafting its wildest rivers, and exploring its most exotic corners. At the end of a day of adventure, I love taking in a brilliant sunset followed by some intense stargazing.
My creative process is very similar. I paint in a frenzy of artistic passion, using vivid colors and broad brush strokes to convey the emotional charge that nature instills in me. After a day in the studio, I will sometimes spend days or even months with a piece, letting it guide me where it will. For this reason, I am usually working on five or ten paintings at once, each inspiring me in its own time.
I was raised vegetarian in a tiny, densely forested mountain town in California, so I've been peculiar (A.K.A. artistic) from the start. But after finishing my environmental engineering degree at UC Berkeley, I learned that I needed brain surgery to remove an egg-sized intrusion. This brush with mortality inspired me to change my career path from engineering to snowboarding, move to Lake Tahoe, and I soon fell back into art... my first passion. That decision eventually helped me secure a wonderful career in the world of philanthropy and led me to the love of my life, who is an amazing artist and person.
I am incredibly grateful that dozens of collectors (throughout the aforementioned planet) have devoted their precious wall space to my paintings. I am so glad our vision of the world has coalesced in such a colorful place. Though several galleries in the Lake Tahoe region have helped make this happen, Marcus Ashley Gallery specifically has facilitated the vast majority of these acquisitions. If you make friends with one of the awesome people who work there, you can learn all my secrets. This is because I was an art consultant there for eight years and it still feels like a second family when I visit.
In 2016, I was offered a career doing what every young idealist dreams of until grown-ups tell them it's impossible: saving the world. I work for a private family foundation that supports the arts, environment, and animal welfare. Knowing even more about what my beloved planet is going through, I now donate a fifth my art proceeds to a relevant grassroots environmental charity... my tiny attempt to keep wild places beautiful.
Thank you for sharing my vision!
~ Nick Sninkelletti