Niles Nordquist


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A native of California, Niles Nordquist is equally at home painting the beauty of the Pacific coast, the majesty of the mountains of the West, or the solitude of the California deserts and backcountry. His early childhood lived on the Oregon coast, and summers spent at his parents’ home place in Montana, shaped his love for natural landscapes.

As a young boy, he spent much time exploring, hiking, and camping in back country. And, as a Landscape Architect, has developed over his lifetime an eye trained to capture the nuances of nature and the landscape. His paintings reflect the timelessness of God’s creation in special places.

He searches for the uncommon view of a place, one that is not only new to him, but also that displays the powerful effects of light, that captures the sense of place and time, the essence of the present moment.

Nordquist paints en plein aire and in his Star, Idaho studio, expanding smaller studies into larger works. He accepts private commissions.

Selected Awards

Best of Plein Air - 3rd Award, 2010 LPAPA, CA
Best of Show, 2008 San Luis Obispo Plein Air, CA
Best of Show 2007, San Luis Obispo Plein Air, CA
Artist Choice - 2nd Award, 2009 Telluride Plein Air, CO
Jury’s Top 50, Salon International 2007, San Antonio, TX
Juror’s Award, Idyllwild Plein Air, 2010
Collector’s Award, Idyllwild Plein Air, 2010
Artists’ Choice, 2005 San Luis Obispo Plein Air
Landscape Merit Award, Salon International 2005, San Antonio
Award of Merit, 2004 La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA
Award of Merit, 2004 Rocky Mountain Plein Air, Estes Park, CO
Collectors’ Choice, Rocky 2004 Mountain Plein Air, Estes Park
Award of Excellence, 2004 La Quinta Desert Plein Air Invitational
Best of Show, 2003 Desert Plein Air Festival, La Quinta
Juror’s Top Fifty, Salon International 2003, San Antonio
Collectors’ Choice Award, “Painting the Parks”, Estes Park, CO, Plein Air 2003


“Land of Sunlight, Contemporary Paintings of San Diego County”,
2007, James Lightner

“The Art of Niles Nordquist”, 2009, 2017 Niles Nordquist

“Thoughts on Landscape Painting”, 4th Ed., 2017 Niles Nordquist

Selected Juried Exhibitions

Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club, 2019, 2003
OPA Virtuosos, St Petersburg, Fl 2019
OPA Virtuosos, Salmagundi Club, NY 2015
Telluride Plein Air, CO, 2004 -2013
Sonoma Plein Air, CA 2004 - 2019
Plein Air Glacier, Kalispell, MT 2015
LA Quinta Art Festival 2005 - 2006, 2013-2014
LPAPA Laguna Plein Air, CA, 2010
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, 2010, 2016
Salon International, San Antonio, TX, 2003 – 2005, 2007, 2014
Idyllwild Plein Air Festival 2010
Napa Valley Art Festival, CA, 2008 - 2009
Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, 2003 - 2006
Peppertree Art Show, Santa Ynez, CA, 2006 - 2009
Torrey Pines Plein Air Invitational, San Diego, 2008
San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival, CA, 2002 – 2008
Sedona Plein Air Festival, AZ, 2008 – 2009
LPAPA Annual Best of Plein Air, CA, 2006, 2010
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show, 2003 – 2017
Carmel Art Festival, 2005


Oil Painters of America, Signature Member

California Art Club, Artist Member

CONTACT: Niles Nordquist
4652 N. Echo Summit Pl.
Star, ID 83669

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