Bright Landscapes: Artist Nicholas Down

Born in Uganda and raised in east Africa, Nicholas Down worked as a physician in England for 32 years before retiring last year and moving to … Dryden. Down’s wife Judy is an instructor at the Finger Lakes School of Massage and in his retirement he has decided to devote himself full-time to his painting.

“I was painting while I was practicing medicine,” he said. “At 16 I had a dilemma: should I train as a doctor or an artist. My father told me ‘You’ll never make a living as an artist,’ so I went ahead and studied medicine, but I continued to pursue art study. I had a decent career exhibiting in England; I sold 250 paintings over the past 10 years.”

Many of Down’s paintings are abstract landscapes with his palette

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