Hello, my name is Peter and welcome to The SeaGlass Studio!!!

About

My Art Journey began on December 17th 2011.  That was the date of “Painting Day for Dad” The event was conceived and organized with the help of artist John Lohse as well as attended by my family. The intention was to provide my Dad Chris Nicolaou a day of Art Therapy. “Painting Day for Dad” was one of the many ways I helped my dad fight cancer as his caregiver.

The last  6 years have been an amazing journey of creative exploration and self expression.  I have been blessed to have been able to create as well as help those in need with my creations.  I am grateful for everyone that has helped, encouraged, taught and believed in me.

Mission: To live a happy creative life where my imagination and creations provide for and propel me all over the world to make, sell or donate my art.  

Community:

  • Awareness: Donated water, food, clothing and building supplies, either directly to those in need or through the most responsible and appropriate channels.

  • Environment: Finding creative ways to recycle and reuse disposal items to help those in need with clothing items and building supplies.

  • Expansion: The opportunity to allow my creativity to expand communities by collaborating on mural projects and fundraisers.

Current Project -  The SeaGlass Collection - Artona Surf, Boogie and Skim Board

Each Surf, Boogie and Skim board has been generously donated, arted on by me as well collaborated on with the community with the intention of helping those in need with color and creativity.  Each piece is either sold, auctioned or raffled at fundraisers that I have produced, co-produced as well as invited to participate in with 100% of the proceeds donated Charity.

These are the charities that creativity and collaboration has helped;

  • The St. George Soup Kitchen of Asbury Park, NJ

  • 15/40 Connection

  • Best Day Foundation

  • The Valerie Fund’s Camp Happy Times

  • Army of Green Men

  • Sugar Skull Pitty Rescue

  • MS Society

  • Rock out for Ed Cancer Benefit

  • Surfrider Foundation - Jersey Shore Chapter

  • Ronald McDonald House

  • The Dream Factory of the Jersey Shore

  • Center for Vocational Rehabilitation - Monmouth County

  • Allaire Community Farm - Wall, NJ

  • Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center Long Branch, NJ

  • Manatee Bay Elementary School

  • Waves 4 Water

  • Valentine House

  • Lisa Bransky-Miller Cancer Benefit

  • Friends Connect Foundation

Creative Influences:

I am Grateful to God for creating my parents and to my parents for loving each other, creating and loving me.  I wouldn't be able to do anything If I didn't exist.

 I am Grateful to Artist Kristin Hampton - She is the first person I knew that I would have called an artist.  The girl can literally make anything and has been doing it since childhood.  The paint and bling used on most of the SeaGlass Collection are donated from her supply.  Kristin has always been super positive and encouraging not only with my art but with my life.

I am Grateful to God for answering my prayer of Help for me ,my Dad and introducing me to Artist John Lohse.  If Kristin was the first Artist I met at age 15 then John would be the second at age 35. This guy, you have know Idea, explosive creativity beyond measure and pure gentlemen to boot.  He introduced me to the Art world and anything I know how to do on a canvas is because he taught me how.  From Painting Day for Dad to the Present Moment he has pushed and encouraged me to keep going beyond who I thought I could be.  No John Lohse, no me writing this to say an eternal thank you for helping me with my Dad and the gift of Art.

I am Grateful to John Lohse for inviting to CoSM to meet Alex Grey & Allyson Grey.  I had never met anyone let alone a couple that lived their creativity and love the way Alex & Allyson do.  If John does not invite me to CoSM  I would have never have seen what really living a creative life at maximum output looks like and believing that I can do that too.  The Greys, CoSM artists and volunteers allowed for the person that I was to heal and the person that I am to exist. That person is my authentic self.  No CoSM, No Me allowing myself to live the creative dream.  I've never been happier.  Thank you so much.

I am Grateful to Eileen "Rosie" Rose and Dr. Michael Garger for the communal sand mandalas created with colorfully creative good intentions at CoSM Events. The sand is a different color in each squeeze bottle and attendees are invited throughout the event to collaborate and create the mandala with good intentions.  At the end of the event Rosie and Mike collect, bag up and invite everyone to take the bagged good intentions or "CoSM Dust" home with them as a blessing.  Each piece of The SeaGlass Collection art on a Surf, Boogie & Skimboard have the good intentions given from CoSM sprinkled onto each piece. The intention was to keep the good intentions going relayed from CoSM through me onto the SeaGlass Collection combined with everyone that collaborates raising the vibration of good knowing that once the piece was given, sold, raffled or auction that a ton of good intentions would be helping that cause.  Thank you Rosie & Mike!!! 

I am Grateful to Maria Brophy and Drew Brophy. Although, I haven't met them yet.  After seeing Live painting for the first time at CoSM I researched" how to live paint at an event" and found an article that Maria wrote about live painting and it was also how I was introduced to Drew's work.  This was before I ever painted on a surfboard. Over 40 Live Paintings later I have never been happier!!!  Thank you both for inspiring me from afar.