I discovered Nick’s work hanging in FUZION gallery on State St, in downtown Santa Barbara. I was really intrigued by his almost mechanical-gundam styles, and his use of texture. Some pieces had layers upon layers, with floppy discs, and other electrical pieces embedded into them, very unique. A couple days later I got a chance to talk to him and ask him a few questions, he sent me a couple images from his phone, check it out!
REALIZE: How old are you, where you from, how long have you been painting?
NICK: I’m 23 I was born in Santa Barbara but I’ve been living most of my life in Ventura CA, I’ve always been a creative person since as far back as I can remember, I was the guy who would start to take notes in class and it’d end up turning into doodles on the paper
REALIZE: What’s your usual medium?
NICK: spraypaint is my weapon of choice, but I usually add paintmarker, and acrylic paint into my work, I have used airbrush a few times but not as often
NICK: good question, I usually work with canvas because I can babysit a project for a while if I need to, plus it’s a moble piece of art, like if someone were to own a canvas of mine and they moved they can take it with them whereas a wall they can’t and the new owner of the place might not appreciate my work as much as the last person and paint over it. That being said the look of a well done wall is unparalleled. I once did a 16′ x apx. 25′ wall and I remember almost tipping over on the ladder trying to do the top of the piece, but once it was finished it was by far the biggest piece I had ever done and I got alot of positive feedback!
REALIZE: Any current or upcoming shows?
NICK: my work is currently being held at Fuzion 1115 State St. Santa Barbara CA 93101 this is my first art show and they have been really good to me and have helped me get a lot of attention and recognition this far.
REALIZE: Is art a career or just for fun?
NICK: I would like to make a career out of it. As of right now I have a full time job and whenever I get a day off I like to get up have coffee and just paint and it is such an awesome way to spend the morning, I’d love to be able to do that every morning.
REALIZE: Shout outs or thank yous?
Nick: My girlfriend Bri, she is very supportive and has even helped me with some paintings in the past, my parents for supporting me ever since I was young, my friends and family for supporting me as well, God, Jesus, Peter and the others at Fuzion for giving me a place to display my work, George Lucas, art teachers, and the guy who invented spraypaint. I tried to include everyone but if I left someone out I’m sorry, but I’m sure you’ve influenced me in some way!
Nick’s work will be featured in the highly anticipated ART ISSUE 2 of REALIZE, dropping very soon. I have an idea we’ll be seeing more of him in the near future, Thanks again Nick, you’re on fire kid!