John Nieto - Wildlife
John Nieto prioritized animals native to North America in most of his wildlife paintings. Wolves, coyotes, bison, bears, birds, and rabbits symbolized our deep connections to nature and to a certain extent, what is wild in the human spirit. A series of strokes in 2002 left him with diminished motor, memory, and verbal skills for about three years during which he could not paint. His spontaneous and miraculous recovery in 2009 restored all his faculties and allowed him to resume painting with consummate skill and fresh inspirations including the addition of African animals to his menagerie of preferred subjects.