At an early age, Nick's artistic talent was recognized and encouraged by many, especially his mother, an artist who had studied under Charles Sibley and William Reimann. She shared with him the fundamentals of light and shadow, the secrets of brush stroke and perspective and capturing the human figure.
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 as a First Lieutenant and platoon leader with the Army's 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 2009, which devastated him, but ironically opened the door for him to become a full-time artist.
Nick paints primarily for personal fulfillment, but has recently begun to market his art through galleries and exhibitions. A Diversified artist, his body of work is representational and includes landscapes, seascapes, and figurative paintings. He enjoys working in series, and has completed Mediterranean Village, Horizon, View from the Shore, The River, and Sailing.
In technique Nick employs both palette knife and brush, with a preference for oils and acrylics on canvas or panel. Recently he has experimented in bringing abstract qualities into his work. His painting “Meadowlarks” won 4th place in the human figure category of the American Art Awards, an international competition.