Art that tells a story.
Bring a unique narrative to life in your own home through art influenced by culture, history, and the lives of real people that will never go out of style. Award-winning artist and teacher Penny Nichols has made her art available throughout the world in the form of original paintings and giclee prints. Whether it’s a still life scene or a timeless Hawaiian landscape to hang in your beach-side vacation rental, explore the Penny Nichols shop to find the right piece for you.
Portraits, Landscapes, and Giclee Prints.
Choose from a variety of options and customize to your liking! Penny Nichols’ giclee prints allow you to choose between a paper or canvas print, whether your print comes matted, rolled in a tube, or on a canvas ready to hang in your home. The best artwork tells a story. Here you have a say in how that story is shared with others.
A journey to self-discovery.
Penny Nichols started creating as a child growing up in Waikiki when Hawai’i was a territory. Years later she returned to the world of art as a kind of therapy. She decided to start teaching art in her modest studio, where she quickly amassed a group of adult students. In the year 2000, she started teaching at Island School. During this time she was creating less yet growing more as a person.
Her experience as a teacher has helped mold her into the artist she is today - growth-focused and concept-driven to create art with a deep purpose that portrays the culture and atmosphere unique to the people of Hawai’i through the strokes of a paintbrush. Art that tells a story. Art that withstands the tests of time.
What do these famous artists have in common? None was mentally ill. None lived in wretched poverty. None was socially dysfunctional. Each had considerable success during their life. Why do I mention this, you ask?
I’ve long believed that prejudice against visual artists is one of the last bastions of acceptable bigotry. I make it my business to combat this bias in the only way I know how...through education, having the hope that someday civilized people will stop assuming that artists are emotionally unstable wrecks who can’t balance their checkbooks and want to cut their ears off.
When I saw this portrait it nearly knocked me to my knees. Entitled “Madawaska, Acadian Light-Heavy, Third Arrangement”, it was painted in 1940 by the pivotal American artist Marsden Hartley.
Consider this quote from Hartley:
“My work embodies little visions of the great intangible…. Some will say he’s gone mad. Others will look and say he’s looked in at the lattices of Heaven and come back with the madness of splendor on him.”