Ever sInce Nick could hold something in his hand, it was a paintbrush or a crayon. He spent countless hours as a child in front of his easel or at his work table. He always knew what he was going to be because that was what he already was: an artist.
Nick excelled in every artistic endeavor he tried. He was accepted into the Ragan Art Academy in Los Angeles at 15 and the prestigious Ryman Program for exceptional young artists at USC when he was 16. He graduated from the LA County High School for the Arts at 17. From there, he went to Paris to paint murals with his parents.
Nick in Paris 2003
During the long years when Nick was struggling with his emerging schizophrenia, he stopped doing original work and spent long hours coloring adult and children's coloring books. His need to always be moving color over a surface of canvas or paper never waned.