Early in Nick's childhood, his artistic abilities were nurtured by his mother, an artist in her own right, 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 set aside his artistic pursuits during his young adult years, as he focused on planning for a career.
Nick's college years were interrupted by the Vietnam War, where he served as a First Lieutenant and platoon leader. His wartime experiences affected him greatly. He wrote of the terrible price of war in a poem, “To a Newly Fallen Tree”, a first place winner in the Irene Leache Memorial Society competition, sponsored by the Chrysler Museum of Norfolk.
After the war, Nick worked in business, first in newspaper advertising, and later in the securities industry. He was known in the area as a man of integrity and honor. However, his company ran into difficulties during the financial meltdown in 2009, which devastated him, but ironically opened the door for him to focus on his artistic talents, so much a part of his youth.
Nick is a patriotic and loyal man, devoted to family and his country. Quiet and introspective, he paints primarily for personal fulfillment, but has recently begun to market his art through galleries and exhibitions. His painting “Meadowlarks” recently won 4th place in the human figure category of the American Art Awards, an international competition.