P.A Nisbet

P.A Nisbet

Cloud Way, 2020
22 x 33 in

About The Artist

P.A Nisbet

Peter Allen Nisbet was born in North Carolina in 1948 and began the study of painting at age ten. He has been a student of fine art for over forty years, beginning in water colors and proceeding to oils by age 25. He received a liberal arts degree from the University of North Carolina followed by a commission in the United States Navy. He served as a line officer at sea with a ten month tour of duty in Vietnam. During that time he was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy to serve as Director of Art Services for the Navy's Office of Information. Following Naval Service in 1974 he commenced a free-lance commercial art business providing graphic design and illustration for over twenty-five national organizations. In 1980 he moved to the Southwest and began painting landscapes. Since then he has completed and sold hundreds of paintings which are derived from experiences throughout the world. Nisbet has traveled to such remote places as the South Pole and China, but his preferred locale for painting is in the deserts of the Southwest and Mexico. He is represented by Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M., Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson, Arizona, and the Eisele Gallery in Cincinnati, OH.


2019 The Western Sublime, Majestic Landscapes of the American West, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2018 Maynard Dixon's American West, by Mark Sublette, Just Me Publishing, LLC, Tucson, AZ
2015 Painters of Grand Tetons National Park, by Donna and James L. Poulton, Gibbs Smith, Layton, UT 
2013 Art of the National Parks, Fresco Fine Art Publications
2011 Cover, Art Journey America/Landscapes by Kathryn Kipp, Northlight Books
2006 Terra Antarctica, Looking Into the Emptiest Continent by William L. Fox, Trinity University Press, San Antonio, TX
2006 100 Artists of the Southwest by Douglis Bullis, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Atglen, PA
2005 Jack Ruby's Kitchen Sink, Offbeat Travels Through America's Southwest, Adventure Press, Washington, DC 
2005 Art of Our Land 2006 Calendar, Hudson Park Press, NY
1999 Contemporary American Oil Painting Jilin Fine Arts Publishing House, China
1998 Cover, Antarctica a Paperback Novel by Kim Stanley Robinson, Harper Collins, London, UK
1998 The Majesty of the Grand Canyon, 150 Years in Art, by Arnold Skolnick
1998 Elements of Literature 2000, Holt Rinehart, and Winston, New York
1998 Cover, NASA & The Exploration of Space by Roger Launius, Stewart, Tabori and Chang, New York
1997 Cover, Leading the West, 100 Painters and Sculptors by Donald J. Hagerty, Northland Press
1997 Cover, The Age of Exploration National Aeronautics and Space Administration
1997 Cover, Antarctica a Novel by Kim Stanley Robinson, Bantam Books, New York
1994 Artists of the Southwest by Arnold Skolnick, Chameleon Press
1991 The Hubble Space Telescope /STS-31) An Artist's View National Aeronautics and Space Administration
1988 Light by Lucy Willis, Quatro Publishing, Inc. 

2009 Santa Fean
2008 Western Art Collector
2008 Santa Fean
2008 Fine Art Connoisseur
2007 American Art Collector
2007 Around 505
2007 Art of the West
2006 Focus Santa Fe
1999 Southwest Art
1997 Southwest Art
1991 Earthtreks
1991 Architectural Digest
1989 Defenders of Wildlife
1989 The Artist Magazine
1989 Focus/Santa Fe
1989 General Motors Friends
1989 Southwest Profile
1989 Southwest Profile
1989 Southwest Profile
1988 The SantaFe Concert Association
1988 Winter Art Today
1988 Midwest Art
1987 Southwest Art
1987 Arizona Highways
1986 The Artist Magazine
1986 Arizona Highways
1986 Professional Surveyor

1994 Valley Arts Review, Phoenix, Arizona
1992 The Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut
1989 The New Mexican, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1987 The University Report, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
1987 Post Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho
1987 The Morning Call, Allentown, Pennsylvania
1987 Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1987 New Times, Phoenix, Arizona
1986 The Flagstaff Sun, Flagstaff, Arizona
1986 The Coastland Times, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
1983 The New Mexican, Santa Fe, New Mexico


2015 "Competitive Strategy for Working Artists" a Podcast, Clark Hulings Foundation
2015 "Down the Colorado" Eiteljorg Museum of the American West, Indianapolis, IN
2013 "Desert Quest, The Art of P.A. Nisbet" Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
1995 "The Business of Art" (six seminars), State of New Mexico
1989 "The Professional Artist", Texas Christian University, Department of Fine Arts , Fort Worth, TX
1987 "The Business of Art", University of New Mexico, Department of Fine Arts, Albuquerque, NM
1987 "The American Landscape Tradition", Dewey Galleries, Ltd., Santa Fe, New Mexico
1986 "Design and Composition", Northern Arizona University, College of Design and Technology, Flagstaff, Arizona


2015 "Reaching Art Collectors", Artists Panel, Arts Council of Indianapolis/Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists
1997 Artist Advisory Panel, National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.
1996 Artist Advisory Panel, National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.
1995 National Science Foundation, Artists and Writers Program Grant for travel to Antarctica

COLLECTIONS, public & private

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN
Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art, U. of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
John Chafee, former Senator, Rhode Island
Admiral and Mrs. Elmo Zumwalt
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D.C.
National Science Foundation, McMurdo Station, Antarctica
The Forbes Collection
Eugene B. Adkins Collection
Museum of the West
Jim Cowley Collection
Michael Mann, Director
Reynolds Price, Author
Kim Stanley Robinson, Author
Tim Allen, Actor
Gary Shandling, Actor/Comedian
Over 400 Private Collections

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