Born and raised in San Diego, Gabriel Nash defines his view of the world through color and art. He has paid the bills as a commercial artist, illustrator and designer with many companies and clients like Reebok, Reef, Master Craft Safety/Impact Racing, and Hawaiian Island Creations, JINX to name a few.
Nash’s creative drive started at a very young age in San Diego, where lack of funds would have him tagging along with his dad, a commercial artist sign painter himself, during the summer breaks. Gabriel learned at a very young age how to handle a paintbrush, planning, hand letter, layout, and how to make a workable canvas out of most any surface. With a vivid imagination he could, and would draw anything that caught his attention.
One of his fondest memories growing up was watching his Grandpa tear down a retractable window cover just so he could have something to draw on. Boy did that get Grandpa in trouble with Grandma. He grew up with a love of all things art. As a young man in the summer, Nash found himself working in a screen-printing shop in San Diego. He was asked where he sees himself in a few years, he stated in the art department of course. The manager laughed, stating he had a lot of work ahead of him to do that.
With that said, this manager lit a fire under Nash. That led him to learn every aspect of screen-printing making him an affective apparel artist. To relieve the stress of commercial design life, Nash began painting, falling back on his experience in screen-printing and computer-based drawings to develop a unique layering style. “Building graphics has given me an appreciation for building up depth and space through stacking layers. That reminds me of old Hanna Barbera cartoon cells, and cell shading”
Thousands of t-shirt graphics and years later, Nash is striking out as a creative artist/illustrator. He still paints when time allows, and gets inspired by fishing trips, getting outside, and living.