NICHOLAS LOUIS LADAS
Fine Artist, Designer, Illustrator - Blood, Sweat and Tears
Associate Member - Oil Painters of America
I grew up in Billings, Montana and started drawing and painting as a kid. I knew by the time I was a teenager a life of art was my destiny. My dad built me my first easel at age 14 and I just completed my last painting on the same easel. I went on to graduate from Montana State University with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Painting and Graphic Design. I credit my parents for my success as an artist as they always encouraged me to follow my path in life - as an artist.
Since college, I have had a successful career as a graphic designer/illustrator. Working in the engineering business has allowed me to experience aspects of graphic design, printing, 4 color process, reprographics, and given me a huge body of knowledge that enhances my skills as a fine artist.
As a fine artist first - graphic designer by necessity, I never lost my desire to do art. I continued painting and drawing at home in my studio while working as a designer. I sell by word of mouth and have artwork in all regions of the country. As I am not a prolific artist, I take a methodical, meticulous approach to every painting I do.
Nick Ladas - paintings of cowboys and Indians at age 14 from his basement studio.
a long road
My studio has paintings of Cowboys and Indians done in 1973 hanging on its walls. As a young boy growing up in Montana, I was enamored with the west's history and lore and many years later I still am. Those paintings, done by me as a boy in the basement of our Billings home, are on my wall to remind me of who I am and where I have come from.
"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do."