Nicholas Coley

Nicholas Coley was born in Connecticut in 1971 and raised in Muir Beach, California. He hitch hiked around the states for a couple years after high school trying to find Don Juan and Carlos Castenada. He was sure he had a destiny to become a medicine man or a brujo, but after getting hepatitis in a hostel in Santa Fe, he moved to Europe and studied art at the Beaux-Arts plus another small school for painting in the south of France. He lived, studied, and meditated daily for a year in a Buddhist Monastery outside of Bordeaux. After reading ‘The tropic of Capricorn’ by Henry Miller, he decided he was not meant for the disciplined, monastic life and went off in search for a more creative and spontaneous world, taking him to Prague for a year and selling paintings to tourists on the Charles Bridge.  From there he took the transiberian railroad through Russia and deep into China before having a complete spiritual collapse in the summer of ’94. The good news is it’s been a slow climb back up the mountain toward the benificenece and belonging of a higher power.  Anchored by the love of a good woman he’s actually been able to support his family, two extraordinary little kids (and another on the way), even putting a downpayment on a house…all  exclusively with the procedes from painting sales, which he’s damn proud of and still sort of in dumb happy shock. For almost 20 years now he has been painting full time, almost everyday. Turns out, he was something of a medicine man after all.
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Pacific Cliffside #1 

48 x 48 – $5,200

Water Moves Beneath Us #31, 48x48, Nicholas Coley

Water Moves Beneath Us #31 

48 x 48 – $5,200

Orchard Grove, 36x36, Nicholas Coley

Orchard Grove

36 x 36 – $3,200

Marshland #1, 36x72, Nicholas Coley

Marshland #1

36 x 72 – $6,000

Freeway On Ramp #3, 48x48, Nicholas Coley

Freeway on Ramp #3

48 x 48 – $5,200

The Hills were Gold, Saffron, and Red, Nicholas Coley, 36x72

The Hills were Gold, Saffron, and Red

36 x 72 – $6,000

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Overdose In The Dunes

30 x 48 – $3,800

art, painting, coley

Afternoon Tea

36 x 48 – $4,200

The Way Through, 72x60, Nicholas Coley

The Way Through

72 x 60 – $8,800

Mt Tam_Richardson Bay #23, 48x72, Nicholas Coley

Mt. Tam Richardson Bay #23

48 x 72 – $7,200

Ladies and Gentleman we are Floating in Space #2, 36x48, Nicholas Coley

Ladies and Gentleman We are Floating in Space 

36 x 48 – $4,200

Crissy Field Lagoon and Cypress #42, 36x72, Nicholas Coley

Crissy Field Lagoon and Cypress

36 x 72 – $6,000

Above Baker Beach #119, 36x36, Nicholas Coley

Above Baker Beach #119

36 x 36 – $3,200

Water Moves Beneath Us #49, Nicholas Coley, 48x72

Water Moves Beneath Us #49

48 x 72 – $7,200


3525 Mt Diablo Blvd.

Lafayette, CA 94549

Wednesday-Saturday 11-5


Studio 2 Millard Building
NW corner of Dolores and 6th


Wed – Mon: 11–6