By Wanda Nicholson

Featured Artist: Wanda Nicholson

Wanda Nicholson, 50, a Decorative House Painter and Artist, resides in High Falls, NY.

What types of arts and crafts do you do?
I have been painting residential homes and commercial spaces in the Hudson Valley for the past 24 years. My work has morphed from glazing and stencils to color consults and Venetian plaster. I am an encaustic painter, kite designer, collage assembler. I’ve built sculpture, made cards, knitted, and drafted. I am familiar with every corner in Manny’s!

What are your favorite mediums to use?
If I had to pick…anything with handmade paper and the seductive medium, encaustic.

What’s your favorite color?

What inspires your art?
All things science…biology, chemistry, physics.

Who is one of your favorite artists?
Local sculpture and Martin Puryear.

Which is your favorite section in Manny’s Art Supplies?
It depends on my project of the week; but usually it’s paper.

Have you ever met the original owners of Manny’s Art Supplies – Manny and/or Frieda Lipton? If so, do you have a fond memory you can share?
I met Manny and Frieda the first week I moved to this area from Boston (probably the first time I set foot in the store). Manny learned my name and history immediately and, for years, kidded me unmercifully…Wicked Wanda, Wonderful Wanda, So Fond of Wanda, etc. This would go on for a minute or two, while I told him about my project and what I was looking for and then, Frieda would say, “Leave the girl alone, Dear.”At first, the attention seemed a little strange, but I grew to love it, and miss them dearly.

On a lighter note…

What’s your favorite dessert?
Cheesecake (plain).

Where’s your favorite vacation spot?

Do you have any pets? What kind and what are their names?
I have two cats, a brother and sister named Lance and Tess.

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  • Rebecca

    Beautiful work, Wanda. And I got a good chuckle with the “So Fond of Wanda” nickname!