Caribbean Dreams

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“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”
― Anaïs Nin

Title: Caribbean Dreams
Size: 11″ x 14″
Medium: Textured acrylic paint with brushes on gallery-wrapped stretched canvas with edges painted

This is original artwork by: Nick Max Studio

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Down by the Seaside

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Title: Down by the Seaside
Size: 10″ x 10″
Medium: Textured acrylic paint with brushes on gallery-wrapped stretched canvas with edges painted

This is original artwork by: Nick Max Studio

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Delight in Dancing

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Title: Delight in Dancing
Size: 16″ x 20″
Medium: Textured acrylic paint with brushes on gallery-wrapped stretched canvas with edges painted

This is original artwork by: Nick Max Studio

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The importance of props when selling artwork

I have been an on again off again hobbyist photographer for 13 years now. Through out this journey my interests have shifted excitedly between nature landscapes, macros, human and animal portraits, surreal photo manipulation, and even the macabre. I’ve explored outside my comfort zone and done the occasional wedding, senior photos, family portraits and product photography. No matter what my main passion has always centered around nature photography.

When I began shooting for NickMaxStudio, it was as if I were stretching muscles that had started to atrophy. Before I took this step, I was going through periods of time where my inspiration had completely vanished. The ideas that once sparked within me like fireworks had extinguished. One of largest contributing factors to my near total disinterest in photography was attempting to turn my favorite pastime into a career. As someone who is strongly introverted, this only served to induce a lot of anxiety. Consequently, what had once been a long loved hobby of self expression was then reduced to a source of apprehension and discomfort.

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One of the reasons I love Nicholas’ artwork so much is that it inspires me in ways that I haven’t been in a long time. Everyone has their own unique story on what they see in his work. When I look at his paintings, my mind instantly clicks to nature scenes such as seascapes, landscapes, vast fields, and cyclones. As I see these images, I’m at ease. I begin to imagine what would complement these paintings. How about a vine of ivy? The pink blush of a stunning aloe? Or even the unusual tube like leaves from a golum jade plant? My love for nature and the scenes his paintings depict have created a harmony that I didn’t anticipate but am very grateful for.

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Product photography is still somewhat new to me but I have found that props are about creating a mood. They can inspire someone to look at a painting as more than just a painting. What I try to do is set up a scene, that way it’s easier to imagine a piece of artwork in a persons home. It might even motivate someone to create a similar artistic set up of their own. There is really no end to what you can create and accomplish. The sky’s the limit.

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When I decided to use props, I didn’t go out one day and buy a bunch of doodads. As it turns out, we already had plenty of props lying all over the house. You might come to realize that you do as well. I’m a great lover of collecting various stones and minerals. I keep them on my bookcases, by my houseplants, and even on my dresser. When I’m ever in a new place, I browse around vintage shops and buy items that grab my interest. Coincidentally, most of them go quite well with Nicholas’ paintings. My mom collects beautiful ceramics, glassware, and gorgeous fabrics that work brilliantly when setting up a scene. Not to mention that between my mom and I, we easily have 50+ succulents and houseplants all together.

Since the beginning of 2017, we have been discovering unknown territory within ourselves. Through brain storming and bouncing ideas off one another, we have been extending our imaginations in new and exciting ways. Watching Nicholas laugh and enjoy himself as he tries new things has been a huge motivator. When he’s happy, everybody’s happy. I only hope that I will continue to find ways to complement his work and give his paintings the kind of embellishments they deserve.

As Nicholas’ sister, I tend to gush about his work but I believe in him, in what we accomplish as a family, and in our ability to create beauty where there wasn’t before.

– Natasha

Turquoise Sunrise

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Title: Turquoise Sunset
Size: 12″ x 12″
Medium: Textured acrylic paint with brushes on gallery-wrapped stretched canvas with edges painted

This is original artwork by: Nick Max Studio

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Winds of Change

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Title: Wind of Change
Size: 12″ x 12″
Medium: Textured acrylic paint with brushes on gallery-wrapped stretched canvas with edges painted

This is original artwork by: Nick Max Studio

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Our Largest Commission – Breaking Boundaries

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During the summer months many who work in sales run into difficult times until the holidays begin again. We have been fortunate enough to have kept very busy with special orders and commissions. To our surprise, we were contacted to ask Nicholas if he would create a similar piece to his celestial series except on a much larger scale. This would be his largest commission to date.

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Since this was a much larger project than what Nicholas was used to, we had to take steps to ensure he would not be overwhelmed by such a large commission.  To make certain of this, we had him work on different sections at a time and afterward he would take breaks that would span for days on end in order to decompress. In some cases, we had to cover certain areas of the canvases with large sheets of paper so his focus remained specifically on the part he was working on.

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Each canvas is 24 x 36 inches, which would easily take up an entire living room wall.

It is always interesting to read messages from those who request special orders and their intriguing ideas on what Nicholas should do next. I find that these commissions challenge him to expand his horizons and step beyond his comfort zone. It’s part of what helps him grow as an artist. We are especially pleased with the results of his most recent conquest. More importantly, the customer is very happy as well!

– Natasha

Windswept

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Title: Windswept
Size: 12″ x 12″
Medium: Textured acrylic paint with brushes on gallery-wrapped stretched canvas with edges painted

This is original artwork by: Nick Max Studio

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Succumb

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Title: Succumb
Size: 12″ x 16″
Medium: Fluid paint over textured acrylic paint with brushes on gallery-wrapped stretched canvas with edges painted

This is original artwork by: Nick Max Studio

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Pomp and Power

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Title: Pomp and Power
Size: 11″ x 14″
Medium: Textured acrylic paint with brushes on gallery-wrapped stretched canvas with edges painted

This is original artwork by: Nick Max Studio

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Caramel Macchiato

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Title: Caramel Macchiato
Size: 16″ x 20″
Medium: Textured acrylic paint with brushes on gallery-wrapped stretched canvas with edges painted

This is original artwork by: Nick Max Studio

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Signals

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Title: Signals
Size: 11″ x 14″
Medium: Textured acrylic paint with brushes on gallery-wrapped stretched canvas with edges painted

This is original artwork by: Nick Max Studio

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