Nathaniel C. Praska was born in Portland, Oregon. Interested in art from an early age, his aunt who taught painting lessons, gave him his first formal instruction in painting while he was in his teens. As a teenager, he spent time at a gallery in Bend, Oregon where he met artist, Ken Roth, who would become his mentor. Ken Roth worked mainly outdoors as a plein-air painter. Nathaniel began working in this style, evolving, working faster and attempting to capture more accurately the emotional intensity of an outdoor scene by using deliberate, unmediated brushstrokes. In recent years, Nathaniel has had the opportunity to paint with, among others, Robert Moore and Eric Jacobsen. Currently residing in Portland, Nathaniel enjoys painting the diverse beauty of this lush and colorful city.
Nathaniel makes his own frames for his paintings. He buys the raw wood, cuts and joins it, and finishes it most of the time with gold leaf. Sometimes, he will hand carve designs in the frames.
"During the last few years, I have learned what a pleasure it is to paint on location. It is both a joy and a challenge. I have found that when I am painting outside, I am more easily absorbed in the work and am more attuned to my surroundings." Nataniel.