Paintings, Illustrations for Childrens' Menus and Floop.
Nationally known for her oil portraits, Lia Nickson, mother of Joel Nickson, is known best to Chicagoans for her oil and acrylic surreal renderings of the Wishbone farmyard. Her paintings and cabbage pastels adorn the walls at Wishbone and are an attraction in themselves for adults and children and reflect the humor of the restaurant.
On the blue moon of New Year's Eve, 2009, she passed from this world in the loft she had built in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.
Poet, Childrens' Poems, Floop and Geronimo.
A collection of the lyrical verse of Richard Nickson, under the title STAVES, has been the source of many art song settings by contemporary composers and have been performed in venues as diverse as the former Fillmore East and New York's Town Hall. His more epigrammatic and humorous verse appear in a paperback volume entitled STONES.
FLOOP, the child's verse about a boy and his rather unusual pet, was illustrated by wife Lia and published by Wishbone in 1995. It is available for purchase and is very popular with early readers and parents.