Ron Nicolaides studied art at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri, but is primarily a self-taught artist. He painted his first oil seascape in his teens and credits art museums as a basis for his continuing knowledge of art and the Hudson River School style he pursues. Russian artists, Aivazovsky and Eugene Garin have also served as his mentors. However, his work is heavily inspired by the European Old Masters with his greatest stylistic influence being the Hudson River School of artists, such as Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Frederic Church and Herman Herzog.
The western landscape and Pacific coast are the predominant subjects of Nicolaides' paintings. His accomplishment as an artist can be clearly seen in his use of fine detail, vibrant color and the multiple glazes he uses that give his compositions a sense of great depth. The artist currently lives and works in Oregon. His paintings can be found in many private collections and galleries and he has exhibited his work at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum in Lincoln City, Oregon.