The October edition of “Dan’s Papers”, a weekly circulation on the East End of Long Island, features the art work of retired PMHS Art teacher Nick Cordone. “Dan’s Papers” is distributed in cafes, markets, libraries, restaurants and galleries from the East End to Manhattan. The graphic on the cover of the popular Fall Edition and Wine Guide is titled “Hitting the Blues” selected from one of Nick’s oil paintings. The selection of “Hitting the Blues” is timely as it reflects the current fishing season. With each morning sunrise and daily sunset, there is a colorful sky-filled backdrop for the local fisherman, each hoping to catch the elusive Sea Bass or Bluefish. Nick feels that it isn’t so much the catching of the fish but the waiting and banter among the fisherman that is so appealing. This expressionistic painting is a signature piece for Nick as his paintings usually represent a more surreal approach.
Nick taught in the Art department at PMHS for 34 years retiring in 2003. He and his wife Carol live on the North Fork and keep busy with traveling, playing tennis, biking, golf and skiing as well as their two beautiful grandchildren. Nick says he paints everyday and although he misses teaching, he doesn’t have much time anymore as he is busier now that he is retired than he ever was before. As a child, Nick’s parents took him to Art Galleries in NYC quite often and he was often given paint sets for Christmas gifts from his relatives. He had an easel in his basement and would spend hours there as a boy painting and perfecting his talent on canvas.
Nick maintains his own website, www.nickcordone.com where his latest work, “Do Animals Daydream”, can be seen. This painting assigns human characteristics such as jealousy, aspiration, greed, envy, humor and entertainment to animals. His paintings are exhibited at the South Street Gallery in Greenport and the Fitzgerald Gallery in Westhampton Beach through November. Nick says the business end of his art takes a great deal of time and painting in his studio is an important part of each day.
The entire membership of PMCT is extremely proud of Nick and his success and wish him the best in all his future endeavors.