Art Opening: Fr. Michael J. Nicosia

Nicholas Teeter is best known for his impressionism and abstract-impressionism paintings. Working primarily with oils and acrylic, his subjects are often facial or full-body portraits using thick brushstrokes and colorful patterns. His goal is to portray the idea of an image (rather than the image itself) by incorporating aspects of cubism and expressionism into his work. “I believe a good painting tells a narrative. My work encourages the audience to fill in parts of that story by evoking their memory and imagination.” Nicholas cites his influences as Paul Wright, Henri Matisse, and Ray Johnson.

Fr. Michael J. Nicosia received his BFA in Art and Art Education from Syracuse University in 1977; it was in an Interior Design class that watercolors became his preferred medium. After a 14-year career in retail advertising, he pursued a religious vocation. Moving to Denver in 2010, he found a spiritual home in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. His sisters and brothers of Pax Christi ECC Church recognized his gifts and called him to the ordained ministry in 2012.  Fr. Michael currently serves as their Pastor, as the Presiding Bishop’s Vicar to the Rocky Mountain Region, and on the Colorado Council of Churches’ Judicatory Board and its Board of Directors.

A cabaret singer and Native American flute musician, his company Spirit Songs provides musical programs for retirement and assisted living facilities.
Fr. Michael has begun exhibiting his artwork at various venues around the Greater Denver Area; other pieces can be seen at his on-line store. He wishes to thank his husband, Marc, for his support in this rekindled venture, Matthew BeVirt of Art Print Denver for his printing mastery, and La Cour for this current opportunity.