At an early age, Nick's artistic talent was recognized and encouraged by many, especially his mother, an artist who studied under Charles Sibley and William Reimann. She shared with him the fundamentals of light and shadow, brush stroke, and perspective.
However, Nick was distracted by his need to focus on a professional career in difficult political and economic times.
His college years were interrupted by the Vietnam War, where he served in the army as a First Lieutenant and platoon leader with the 14th Combat Engineers. The war's influence on him was evident from his thought-provoking poem “To a Newly Fallen Tree”, the first place winner for free verse in the Irene Leache Memorial Society multi-state competition at the Chrysler Museum.
After the war, Nick worked in newspaper advertising, and later in financial services. A company he formed ran into difficulties during the financial meltdown in 2008/2009, which devastated him, but ironically opened the door for him to become a full-time artist.
Nick paints primarily for personal fulfillment, but also markets his art selectively through galleries and exhibitions. A diversified artist, his body of work is representational and includes landscapes, seascapes, and figurative paintings. Painting to him is simply visual poetry. And like the poet, he is inspired with all he observes and experiences, and with a poet's descriptive simplicity, attempts to translate it to canvas.
In technique Nick employs both palette knife and brush, with a preference for oils and acrylics on canvas and panel.