In 2005, Don Nisbett moved with his wife to Ilwaco and opened his gallery. He is a charismatic man and gifted artist determined to leave his mark on the world he loves.
One of Nisbett’s favorite things to do is to coach new artists.
“(I tell young artists,) fine art is anything that speaks to you,” Nisbett said. “Famous people try to claim that they know what the best art is but if you do what you love and follow your passion, you’ll never starve, and people will purchase it.”
Nisbett is much more than an artist to the Long Beach Peninsula. He is a giver, always willing to help out with fundraising and events.
He’s also a man with a vision. Walk into his gallery and you’ll find him preaching the gospel of art as 80s pop music plays over the gallery’s speakers. He shares his sentiments about art with anyone who is willing to listen.
Nisbett has a unique style. His watercolor paintings are light and casual. Watercolor on canvas is his favorite medium but he occasionally does acrylics, and paints on glass and wood. You can spend as little as $5 in his gallery for a hand-painted gift card and up to several hundred dollars for a large original painting.
Nisbett’s goal behind his creations is, “To stir the souls of men.”
Inside the gallery, Don displays a sign that he believes to be a quote from Queen Elizabeth. It reads, “Beware of artists, they mix with all classes of society and are therefore the most dangerous.”
He said that throughout time, rich and influential people have sometimes tried to control the public’s access to art because it arouses emotions and can send powerful messages with only an image. Nisbett enjoys the freedom of practicing his craft and being authentic.
Don Nisbett Art Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Monday at 167 Howerton Way SE in Ilwaco.