Dan Nichols was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1943. At about age five, he developed a talent for drawing. His father, an architect, was his first teacher who early introduced him to watercolors. One favorite early subject was antique cars. Later, when he grew more proficient in watercolor, he began painting on location, and at 15, attended a two-week workshop in eastern Connecticut. After graduating from high school, he attended the Rhode Island School of Design, but later found the teaching at the Paier School of art more to his liking. Ken Davies and John Massimino were his favorite teachers there. Under Mr. Davies, Dan grew more proficient in oil painting.
Though Dan specialized in depicting scenes from nature, especially the changing seasons, he maintained his skill in perspective, so vital to depicting antique cars of which he is interested in. Dan has done many commissions of cars from their owners.
Dan is a member of Essex Art Association, Lyme Art Association, and is currently exhibiting at Spectrum Art Gallery in Centerbrook, Connecticut.