Nicholas T. Markell studied art at an early age in his hometown in southern Minnesota. where his interest in landscape painting and wildlife art began. He earned a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul. Nicholas’ artistic pursuits engaged him in many different subjects in a wide array of styles and forms. After college, he became an Art Director, guiding creative projects for several prominent organizations.
In 1987 Nicholas attended to his religious yearnings by studying for Christian ministry, earning a Master of Arts degree in Theology and a Master of Divinity degree from the Washington Theological Union, now located in Washington, DC. After seriously considering ordination, Nicholas ultimately favored the art studio to the pulpit, where his creative quest continues and remains strongly evident in his art.
Nicholas was chosen the winner of the 2012 Minnesota Trout & Salmon Stamp competition. His design of a rainbow trout was chosen for the 30th anniversary of the program. The following year, he won the 2013 Minnesota Walleye Stamp contest. The walleye contest was of interest to Nicholas as an angler, but also as a Minnesotan. Walleye fishing has a long and venerable tradition in the heartland. Moreover, along with South Dakota, Ohio and Vermont, Minnesotans have declared the walleye to be the state fish.
Nicholas has received numerous accolades and awards in his career, most notably those given by the Washington Building Congress, PRINT publications and Ministry and Liturgy magazine.
“My vocation and career is that of a sacred artist. For the past 25 years, I have focused on art for worship, such as paintings, murals and art glass. Nature keeps me connected with the reality that God is also known through the majesty of creation. I guess what I enjoy the most about wildlife art is that it challenges me to pay attention to the details of the natural world. I always end up seeing things I never saw before.” – Nicholas Markell
Primary Medium: Egg Tempera, Acrylic, Glass, Digital Graphics
Mailing Address: 14131 Jardin Avenue North, Hugo, Minnesota 55038