Teacher Bio:
Realist painter Nicholas "Nic" Hankins has always had an affinity for details and the ability to capture his unique vision of our everyday world on canvas. Nic has enjoyed a life-long passion for art, inspired by the artistic talents of his father, Jerry, and encouraged by both his parents since the "crayon days". Certain that art would forever be an important part of his life, Nic began his pursuit of a career in the visual arts field during high school; a path that would lead him to a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2005. Nic's work remains rooted in realism with elements of graphic design. His work is heavily influenced by teachers whose work he admires and artist friends who have influenced his process in myriad ways. As an instructor, Nic has enjoyed teaching many enthusiastic students in his native East Tennessee, across the country and around the world; sharing the excitement and gratification of creating with others as far away as Taiwan. Most recently, Nic has begun broadcasting live painting class streams each week on twitch.tv/bobross on behalf of the Bob Ross Company. This exciting format enables viewers and artists to live chat with Nic during his demonstration as well as other viewers the world over. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions of his work, and has completed commissioned work for the private collections of several individuals as well as groups and organizations such as the National Park Service. Though he does not actively pursue gallery representation, his work may be seen periodically in shows, events and festivals.

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