As a boy. I remember drawing, putting outfits together in my parent’s closet, enjoying painting classes and musicals. I was also a good athlete and sports took priority over artistic pursuits. As we get older, there is a tendency to see our future as more and more limited, due to a number of constraints, many that are self-imposed.
I have given myself permission to pursue my creative self-expressions, in whatever forms and shapes they take. I appreciate you taking the time to explore some of my expressions.
For me, art is the ideal medium to express what I feel, in whatever format I choose. If another person is moved, touched, or inspired, awesome, if not, that’s okay. The point is to grant me the freedom to express what I feel. That is art. That is creativity.
Songwriting provides an opportunity for me to tell a story in a couple of hundred words and a few chords. Words deliver the message I want to share and music delivers the mood. Most of my songs are autobiographical in nature but I have also begun to find imaginary personas, enabling me to share feelings, thoughts, and ideas that I can imagine but have not yet experienced myself.Enjoy Nicholas's Music
My songs typically start with a thought, idea or phrase. I particularly enjoy finding new ways to incorporate words that I’ve not heard in a song before or a phrase of words that are unexpected even to me the first time they appear on the page.
While I imagine it would be fun to have a hit song, I constantly revisit my songs, enjoying the freedom that anonymity provides.
As I grow and evolve, my songwriting does right along with me.
When I start a painting, it is often with a blank slate. Even if I do have an idea, there is no telling where it eventually goes. I let the creative process become the story. Enjoy Nicholas's Art
Sometimes along the process of creating, an idea or image emerges and informs the remainder of the piece but I don’t look for it or expect it. I find delight when someone sees one of my paintings and expresses how it makes them feel or what they see, which is rarely, what I see.
I create paintings using only found or donated materials. This is consistent with my minimalist values and belief that my creativity expands when I incorporate the challenge of eliminating the ability to have what I want and instead be open to what is shared with or found by me.