James Nichols lives and works as an artist. As a young man, and after completing a fine art education and graduating with highest honors, he traveled through the United States and on to India where he spent time at the feet of his spiritual teacher, Baba Muktananda, receiving this guidance: “Paint as you meditate, with Beauty and Truth, work to uplift yourself and others. Always do your best and create from your own Self, from the Heart.” He later returned to America and adopted the craft of illustration in order to support and raise a family, working full time as a self employed artist for over 30 years. All the while he has maintained his own studio practice in painting and sculptural work, focusing on artistic explorations around the subject of Consciousness.
James is currently working on the installation project Cornfield - An Artstory . . . a multimedia event involving painting, sculpture, cinema, and the written word. At the same time, he continues to expand the offerings in his 'Great Beings' collection of bronze sculpture. Those efforts form Masa Rasa Studios, where 'Thou Art That' sums up the essence of love and life – with the emphasis on Art, and a tip of the hat to Thou and That.