Welcome to my collected works. Below you will find information about my personal and professional experience, my work and my processes. At any time, please feel free to email me, or fill out an Order Inquiry to contact me directly.
My name is Nick Elias, and I am a graphic artist. I am a problem-solver and a dabbler in anything worth trying. Name a hobby, and I’ve probably at least tried it if not taken it up full-time at one point in my life. Most recently, however, I have taken up the fine trade of custom pet portraits, abstract painting and caricaturing, to which this site is most dedicated.
Currently residing in Boulder, Colorado, I have fallen in love with the foothills of the Rockies and the dog- and nature-loving community around me. After 40+ pet portraits, and countless caricatures working at the Denver Zoo, I have come to appreciate the rare and fleeting gift that is a custom piece of art.
I think it is in abstraction, however, where true creativity blossoms. With no directions, no limitations and no looming deadlines, the mind is finally free to create, however it deems fit.
I greatly enjoy working with clients to find the right piece of art for them. Some like the fun, fast turnaround of a caricature, while others want to see their beloved family pet immortalized on the wall, and still others prefer a truly unique abstract piece of art. Once I discover the target type of art, the true creation begins. Photos are collected and emails or Skype conversations are exchanged, along with a downpayment and arrangements to exchange the final product.
Don’t be surprised if I contact you on occasion to discuss the project, request additional materials or insight or just to keep you updated on my progress. I understand that your time and money are very valuable to you, just as mine are to me, so I do try to keep all projects continuously moving and under deadline. A few specific items of clarification:
Pet Portraits – Using photos you provide, I create for you a custom, personalized portrait of your favorite pet (or pets). Using acrylics on gallery-style stretched canvas, I like to think of my paintings as colorful, playful ‘pet-icatures’ of your sweet subjects. I try to capture the personality and character of every subject I meet, rather than their exact likeness. If you wanted an exact facsimile, I suggest taking a photo.
Caricatures – Even moreso than my pet portraits, my caricatures aim to take a snapshot of the subject, embelished for the sole purpose of light-hearted entertainment. We all have our distinguishing features (my nose, for one), and caricatures are a simple and inexpensive way to celebrate these and the uniqueness in each of us.
Abstract – After gathering a bit of information from you, I will generally leave my ‘problem-solving’ at the door, and let your painting shape itself organically. I can incorporate some direction from you, or you can simply pick from the Gallery of available paintings.