“Love is born into every human being; it calls back the halves of our original nature together; it tries to make one out of two and heal the wound of human nature. Each of us, then, is a ‘matching half’ of a human whole…and each of us is always seeking the half that matches him.” (From Plato’s THE SYMPOSIUM)
Mark and Joe in virtual reality, 2020, oil on linen, 11 x 14 inches
"Before I met Nick I had been shown one of his paintings. Silently, I was kind of convinced he was possessed. Like he was channeling something. A knowing that took him over and led him to express this particular perspective on humanity. It's simultaneously something only he knows but is also universal. He exposes and magnifies moments that hold so much humanity. He has the confidence to paint that moment. And help us all see more of life. I feel honored to have been seen by him."
Mark and Gayle wait for the elevator at Bill and Riccardo's, 2020, oil on linen, 11 x 14 inches
Mark and Joe at Black Gold Records, 2020, oil on linen, 11 x 14 inches
"You know those moments when you are with someone you love and there is silence and you could say something to fill it, you're about to, and you part your lips to say it and you don't. Because maybe it's already been said. Something has transpired in the silence, in a breath, a touch, a laugh. It's too late and that's actually good. A missed opportunity, a small death, is a birth of something even more complex. It's the web of how we build relationships between human beings. The sinew. That's what I see when I look at this body of work. Nick is a see-er. He sees the blood in the mundane and its profundity. He paints to give people the gift of being able to stop time and appreciate life they didn't even know passed by."
Gayle's broken nail on Mark's jacket, 2020, oil on linen, 11 x 14 inches
Gayle in the light mask, 2020, digital painting, 11 x 14 inches
Mark helps Gayle close her suitcase at the Airbnb, 2020, oil on linen, 11 x 14 inches
Mark at a cafe on Capri, 2020, oil on linen, 11 x 14 inches
Mark says goodbye to Gayle in Rome, 2020, oil on linen, 11 x 14 inches