This painting portrays the heart and soul of the Willie Handcart company of 1856. What were initially high hopes turned quickly into daily sacrifice and heartache. Never giving up and always pressing forward the early Saints lent a hand to each other all along the way West.
Their love of their faith and for each other carried them across the plains. This painting shows how they worked together in their faith, literally putting their shoulders to the wheel.
Coleman uses a traditional academic approach in his painting, using gouache and oil and endeavors to create a connection between his paintings and the observer, invoking a mood that the viewer can walk into.
About the Author
Nicholas Coleman was born in Provo, Utah. Brought up in an artistic environment, Coleman has been painting and drawing for as long as he can remember. He has traveled extensively through North America, Africa, and Europe and New Zealand. Coleman has lived and worked in Brazil for two years. Coleman has found much of his inspiration in his travels, hunting and fishing along the way.
Coleman uses a traditional academic approach in his painting, using gouache and oil. His work definitely has a feel of realism as he strives to make each painting better than the last, there is a certain amount of spontaneity and a slight impressionistic feel to his paintings that let the viewer participate in the work.