Ward Nichols (1930- ) was born in West Virginia. A self-taught artist, Nichols has received several awards, including a Grumbacher Award of Merit and a Mississippi Art League Award. His early paintings were executed in an extremely realistic manner using a wet-on-wet oil technique. Though known for his early rural landscapes, he has also depicted a wider variety of subjects in various media including serigraphy, wood prints, watercolor, and mixed media. Nichols says, "Although the rural scene has attracted a great deal of my attention, I feel experimentation is essential to growth. A variety of subjects and their different treatment is important to me for the challenge and a change of pace." His works include still lifes and studies of the abstract patterns formed by ordinary subjects such as older barns, houses, and buildings. Nichols' work was included in "The Realists Invitational," an exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum in 1979. Nichols has also exhibited at the Birmingham Museum of Art, SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC; Roanoke Fine Art Center, and the Gallery of the National Academy of Design. He has served as an artist in residence at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Indiana State University, and West Liberty College (W.V.). His artwork is in the collection of the Springfield Museum of Art; El Pas Museum of Art, Huntington Art Gallery; the Russell Museum, Nottingham, England and the Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, Germany.