Christopher Nick was born and raised in rural Oklahoma and received his formal art training at the Atelier LeSueuer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Atelier school system is based on the curriculum of training the artist in the tradition of the old masters. Mr. Nick’s training descends directly from the 17th century artist Jacques-Louis David. Christopher was then able to refine his skills by copying old master paintings in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. After completing several highly finished copies, he continued his training by apprenticing in the studio of the national illustrator Mike Wimmer (All the Place to Love, Babe Ruth, Will Rogers). Christopher became Mr. Wimmer’s full-time assistant before branching out on his own as a full-time professional artist. After several years of freelancing in his home’s backyard studio, Christopher’s client list continues to grow. He has worked successfully with numerous publishing houses such as: Simon-Schuster, Holt-Reinhart-Winston, Scholastic and American Greeting. His most recent advertising campaign has been with McDonald’s and Dr Pepper’s 35th anniversary poster. Christopher’s current collectable plate series of dog breeds has topped well over 100,000 plates sold and continues to rise. His images have been published on book covers, children’s books, figurines, textiles, puzzles, ceramics, calendars, greeting cards and magazines.
In 2001 Christopher was chosen among Oklahoma artists by First Lady Kathy Keating to paint the state’s Official Oklahoma Governor’s Christmas Card. The original oil titled “Believe” is now in the collection of the Governor’s Mansion.
Mr. Nick's paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and are owned by Hollywood celebrities, the Oklahoma State Capitol Building, corporate headquarters and many private collections. His work has been featured in American Artist Magazine and he is a current member of the National American Portrait Society. He devotes all of his professional time illustrating and painting portraits. Christopher works with the finest oils and paints on Belgium Linen. Mr. Nick lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, their two dogs and two cats.