Written by the artist’s daughter, Rosann Scalise, The Brushstrokes That Shaped My Life, contains Rosann’s interpretive stories alongside twenty-six reproductions of Nick’s paintings.
It begins with a history of Nick’s life; his early days painting in a closet-sized basement studio in his mother’s home, his years of art training, his courtship with his wife, Henny, their family life and reflections on what it was like growing up as the daughter of an artist.
The conclusion speaks of the forces that shaped his artwork and his last years of life, wherein he lived with the disease of Alzheimer’s, which gradually robbed him of his vision, a particularly devastating loss for an artist.
A sample selection of the stories can be viewed and listened to below.
Copies of the book may be purchased by contacting Rosann on the contact page. Book Price – $30, plus shipping.