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Bernard Gieske, Poet, US and Nicholas Petrucci, Painter, US
painting by Nicholas Petrucci, USP
Petrucci lives in Bay Pointe, Naples Cay, Flordia with his
wife Connie Bransilver, an internationally known nature
photographer, artist, author and speaker who has photographed on
all seven continents.
Nicholas’ paintings have been featured in American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Estate Lifestyles, Naples Art & Antiques, Naples Winter Wine Festival, Showcase Southwest Florida Entertainment, Bonita Banner and others. Nicholas lectures at museums and aboard ships on classical art.
His paintings and drawings have won highest honors in competitions throughout the country.
Two influences determined my direction in art. The first was being fortunate to visit several art museums in Europe as a child. I was impressed by the drama and technical mastery of the Old Masters that seem to make the paintings so life-like. Because the classical skills were not offered at the university level during my art education, I began to study the concepts of traditional painting on my own, to teach myself the language of what seemed to be the lost art of classical portraiture. This research taught me to incorporate grace, beauty and dignity into my paintings, the very attributes I admired as a child.
The second influence came from Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray; “To paint life’s experiences into each portrait.” He validated my choices with his statement, “Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty,” as did Pope John Paul II with “Artists express themselves to the point where their work becomes a unique disclosure of their own being.” Both together formed my direction and passion in portraiture.
Therefore, I believe that to create a beautiful likeness that reveals our own character is what makes a painting memorable.
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