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About Nick Payne

Nick Payne Nick Payne credits William Arthur Phillips, a gifted artist and teacher in Tacoma, WA, as an important early influence, developing his art, and inspiring a career in art and education.

After graduating from the University of Washington, Nick spent two years in Belfast, Northern Ireland working for a voluntary service organization. Returning to the USA, he taught in a rural public school in northeastern Washington. During this time, he married. His children were models for several paintings. After 20 years in the classroom, he moved to western Washington, where he served as a principal for 13 years in the Bellingham and Ferndale school districts.

Through most of his career in education, Nick's parallel career was his work as an artist. "I feel like I may be on the cusp of producing my best work because my spiritual practices and my art are better integrated." Paintings posted on this site span four decades.

Nick's original pastel paintings and high quality giclee reproductions are offered through Birdseye Art Studio at Contact him directly at

For information about pastel, please link to the featured artist article at Artsy Shark