"Pastel artist Nick Serratore specializes in taking what many people might consider a boring scene and bringing it to life."
Like many artists both in the past and present I am inspired by the place where I am located. In 1996 I moved to the Delmarva Peninsula more particularly Lewes, Delaware. Coming from Pennsylvania I was immediately struck by the flat landscape. In the days and months that followed my first impression was enhanced to include a remarkable palate of colors, a vast array of textures, and an every changes pattern of lights and shadows.
It is difficult to describe in words the colors of the seasonal skies of Sussex County. The hues of greens, browns, and golds found in a planted field are equally indescribable. When these scenes are punctuated by a weathered old barn or silo, the overall impression is mystical. The textures of a plowed field, an isolated woodland, or a crashing ocean wave are again so varied that even photographs are unable to do them justice. The flat plane of the earth here gives light and shadow a multitude of opportunity to do their play.
I work primarily in pastels. I like their brilliance and immediacy. I feel somewhat able to capture the textures of the landscape. The tactile experience of the medium and majesty of the setting transports me into a contemplative state. I try with my work to share with the viewer where I am. Sometimes in these reflective moments I also have the saddening realization that much of this natural beauty is endangered by the march of what some call progress. I try to communicate that message and hopefully inspire others to save our vanishing paradise.
Increasingly I am realizing that all of life is a journey. Not surprisingly many of my works reflect this passage. In some cases I am floating down a river and in others I am walking down a path. With each turn there is the unknown. The end is anticipated but not reached. Sometimes there is light and other times there is darkness. Always there is the need to continue on the way.
“I try with my work to share with the viewer where I am. Sometimes in these reflective moments I also have the saddening realization that much of this natural beauty is endangered by the march of what some call progress.”
— Nick Serratore
More about Nick Serratore
Exhibitions (*Solo Shows)
2017 THREE VIEWS, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE
2017* PASTEL PROGRESSIONS, recent work, Mezzanine Gallery, Delaware Division of the Arts, Wilmington, DE
2016* PASTEL PROGRESSIONS, recent work, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE
2015 ARTIST EXCHANGE, Group Show, Art League of Ocean City, MD
2014* PASTEL PROGRESSIONS, recent work, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE
2013 TO GEORGIA, WITH LOVE, works inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE
2012 PASTEL AS MEDIUM, 4 ARTISTS, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE
2011 REFLECTIONS, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE
2010 PEOPLE AND PLACES, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE
2009* SECRET GARDEN, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth, DE
2008* THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE
2007* GROUP SHOW, Delaware Arts, Fenwick Island, DE
2006* NEW WORKS, Lavender Hollow Gallery, Frederick, MD
2006* WATER MUSIC, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE
2005* AUTUMN, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth, DE
2004* SERENE, MAJESTIC & VANISHING, Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE
2003* GORDON’S POND, Zwaanendael Gallery, Lewes, DE
Exhibitions Director for the Rehoboth Art League
2012-Present- Serratore Studios – Milton, Delaware.
Full time professional artist with concentration in pastels.
Memberships and Affiliations
Art League of Ocean City, MD
McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
Pastel Society of America, New York, NY
Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth, DE
Awards and Honors
2014 Biggs Picture Juried Landscape Exhibition, Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE
2012 Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Fellowship Grant for Emerging Artist
2012 Mary Trimble Lynch Award, honorable mention, Rehoboth Art League’s 74th Members” Fine Art Exhibit
2010 Mary Hall Leach Award for outstanding work of art, Rehoboth Art League’s 72nd Members’ Fine Art Exhibit
2008 Featured Artist, Beebe Hospital and Rehoboth Art League’s “Best of the Beach Art Auction”
2007 Isabella Dalzell Cannon Award for a Delaware landscape, Rehoboth Art League’s, 69th Members’ Fine Art Exhibit
2004 Faucett Okie Award for emerging Delaware artist, Rehoboth Art League’s 66th Members’ Fine Art Exhibit
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Blue Ribbon. Children’s Beach House Benefit Art Show
Rob Kalesse, “The Soft Power of Pastels,” Delaware Beach Life, September issue, 2017
Soren Nielsen, “A Pastel Dream,” Delaware Beach Life, Autumn, 2005
Wilmington College, Georgetown, DE, B.S. – 2005
Hussian School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, – 1990