Nicholas “Nick” Berger is a listed artist whose works have achieved national and international attention.
The creative process is personal and personality-related. Nicholas Berger paints what inspires him, and his own expectations must be met in order for a piece to be offered for viewing. For the viewer, art is a personal experience, too. Nick’s realism finds an audience when viewers identify with an image, stirred to remember or to be in the moment. Nicholas Berger’s art resonates with people who share his affection for old industry and the heroism of hard work as time quietly turns the pages to begin new chapters. A Nicholas Berger painting is not romanticized. This artist is attracted to the beauty of decay, a streak of rust, and the fading paint of a disappearing era. Nicholas Berger says “These are romance paintings, but they are not romantic.”
Nicholas Berger’s early works were in watercolor. Some of these paintings are in private collections, including those of some well-known Americans and a former US President. After a sold-out two-man show with Andrew Wyeth in Tokyo, Japan, Nick began training himself to work in other mediums. In this self-exploration he found himself drawn over and over to the gritty, working, busy marine activity of New York Harbor as it passed its prime in the mid-20th century. Nick sees quiet dignity in the work-worn waterfront and people he paints. Some of his most recent paintings, in oil, are very large (up to 10 ft in length) depictions of ferry terminals, tug boats, and scenes of mixed boats and ships and merchant vessels in an around the New York City waterfront.
Nick lives with Nancy in the Hudson Highlands, enjoying the natural beauty of an area that has inspired American artists since the earliest days.