The son of an artist and a biologist, Nick Mayer seems to have found a unique niche between these two disciplines. Nick has used his undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from Brown University as tools to study and help in the conservation of fish. He has done so as an artist, a teacher, a research biologist, and a fly fisherman.
While investigating the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on sockeye salmon, restoring spawning habitats for the last wild strain of steelhead in the Columbia River, studying the nesting habits of sea turtles in Costa Rica, or fishing small streams in the Green Mountains for brook trout, Nick has kept detailed sketchbooks to later use as references in his watercolors. His paintings are not just portraits of fish, they are windows into real experience—his experience.
His works have been exhibited in galleries on both the East and West coasts including the Urban League Club in Manhattan, The J. Russell Jinishian Gallery and The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, The Cascapedia River Museum in Quebec, The Atlantic Salmon Museum in New Brunswick, The Gamefish Gallery in Key West, Florida, The Bristol Art Museum in Rhode Island, the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Vermont, Gallery West in Virginia, the Cordova Museum in Alaska and more. Nick has also painted two large outdoor murals—one is a 15’ x 40’ underwater scene located in the center of Vergennes, Vermont that was funded by matching grants from The Vermont Arts Council and People of Addison County Together. The other is a 15’ x 175’ creative depiction of the evolution of life, which was privately commissioned. Nick is currently illustrating a coffee table divers guidebook to the fish of Catalina Island, California. This book will be published in the Spring of 2013.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Riverside, Rhode Island, Nick now lives in Lincoln, Vermont with his wife and two sons where he works as a full time professional artist.