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Nicholas' studio is open Wednesday 2 - 7 pm or by appointment
239-405-2010 or 239-405-2003

Principal residence:
Naples, Floirda

Nicholas's wife Connie Bransilver is an internationally known nature photographer, artist, author and speaker who has photographed on all seven continents.  She brings images and inspirational prose to audiences seeking clarity, passion and purpose. Visit her at conniebransilver.com.

Nicholas and his wife, Connie Bransilver

Nicholas and his wife, Connie Bransilver

Nicholas with Guardian Deborah Jansen

Nicholas with Guardian Deborah Jansen

Nicholas with Chairman Buffalo Tiger of the Miccosukee  

Nicholas with Chairman Buffalo Tiger of the Miccosukee

 


Nicholas Petrucci with portrait of Franklin Adams in progress ©Nicholas Petrucci

Nicholas Petrucci with portrait of Franklin Adams in progress ©Nicholas Petrucci

Portraits & Commissioned Paintings with Nicholas

"I believe a portrait, particularly a classical oil portrait, will tell your story for the next 500 years — or more."

It is generally understood that nothing captures the essence of an individual as eloquently as a portrait, a tradition that pays tribute to those we hold in high esteem, whether famous or simply dear to us, or to celebrate an event or memory. 

It's a once in a lifetime experience that begins with an in-person or phone meeting to discuss your time frame and budget. Then, a first sitting, preferably at your location or at my studio to begin creating a lasting legacy of the subject.

To create your own legacy with a commissioned portrait of a loved one, your family, your business, or to honor a public or religious figure, please click here for information.

"I begin with a detailed chalk drawing. I use the Old Masters technique called verdaccio, the classical Italian style of painting a gray-green underpainting, then I superimpose the colors at the same value over that underpainting.  I believe this creates realistic and luminous skin tones."


2017 News

Change of Email Address

Click to view the Summer Rain video!

Click to view the Summer Rain video!

PLEASE NOTE: Our AOL email addresses will disappear August 31st — at long last! 
PLEASE DELETE bransilver@aol.com & PetrucciNicholas@aol.com

NEW BUSINESS EMAIL:   nicholasandconnie@gmail.com

CONTINUING BUSINESS EMAILS:  connie@ConnieBransilver.com    nicholas@NicholasPetrucci.com   GuardiansoftheEverglades@gmail.com

Other than re-organizing the studio, and looking forward to éBella Magazine’s featuring Guardians of the Everglades® in its 2017/2018 Arts Guide, we are enjoying the rainy season — great clouds, clear, warm light!

Summer Fun - and CHANGE

Sandia Peak Tramway ©Connie Bransilver

Green Burrito ©Connie Bransilver

NEW MEXICO ROLLER COASTER

Well, not really a rollercoaster but the second longest tramway in the world - from the Albuquerque foothills to Sandia Crest — and back.  We took a vacation, a real vacation in the high, dry Land of Enchantment and we were, indeed, enchanted through our skin, our eyes and through our stomachs.  Connie is Green and Nicholas is Red, and if you know New Mexico, you’ll know I am referring to your chile (yes, chile, not chili) preference. You may know that Connie was born and raised there, still has family there, and even went to UNM Law School in the 70s, so the land and sky and cool, dry air are all “home” but the growth and sophistication of this multi-cultural, unique piece of the USA is all new.
 

EMAIL CHANGE - FINALLY

We have hated AOL for years, but seemed to be locked in because of the effort required to change.  Lately, AOL has simply not delivered a number of emails — not in Trash or Junk or anywhere.  So, we are biting the bullet.  AOL will be discontinued as of August 31st so . . .

PLEASE DELETE: bransilver@aol.com & PetrucciNicholas@aol.com

NEW BUSINESS EMAIL: nicholasandconnie@gmail.com

CONTINUING BUSINESS EMAILS: 
connie@ConnieBransilver.com
nicholas@NicholasPetrucci.com
GuardiansoftheEverglades@gmail.com

 

Season Closeout - Last Public Lecture April 11, 2017

Nicholas at the podium at a private event earlier this year.

Evenings at the Conservancy of SW Florida lecture series is featuring Guardians of the Everglades April 11.  It’s our last public appearance of the season, so come, enjoy and let’s Sell It Out!  It’s the glory of our unique Everglades in photos, rough cut video clips, portraits, and even a song, “River of Grass,” written for Guardians of the Everglades.  It’s a high tech iMovie presentation followed by talk of the 11 Guardians’ portraits and what the project means for all of us.  Maybe even some of the Guardians themselves will be there to speak for themselves . . . Register here: https://www.conservancy.org/evenings

WHEN: Tuesday, April 11 @6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Conservancy of SW Florida - next to the Zoo on Goodlette Frank Road, Naples


We've Been "Scouted" Again

The prestigious Scout Guide to the best local businesses in the Naples area has again selected us for inclusion in the 2017-2018 Scout Guide.  We are captioned as “Luxury Home and Corporate Art” for both Connie’s “Dramatic Images from Around the World” and Nicholas’ “Oil Portraits and Commissions.”  Bud. E. Cockatoo Bird supervised the shoot last week.


ART & CONSERVATION - March 2017

Light Plays-Esta-Noche ©MarcRivers

ARTS ALIVE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1st, 2017  5 - 8 pm
1719 Trade Center Way, #3, Naples, FL 34109

Look for the slide projections on the front wall of the studio. Check out the Scout Guide video from December Art Alive on Facebook - scroll down!

World View - Madagascar ©Connie Bransilver

https://www.facebook.com/connie.bransilver    https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.petrucci.16

You can see the next Guardian portrait in progress - Roy McBride & Chili.

Special Guests, LEA BORKENHAGEN, Ph. D. Fulbright Scholar, Cote d’Ivoire.
Presently Nike - Sustainable manufacturing - Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/lea-borkenhagen-80ba071    http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/about/advisory.html

Intelligent Thought ©Connie Bransilver

MARC RIVERS, MFA Oxford Brookes University - Artist exploring light and time.  See his images on display in the studio.
Portland, OR   

Join us in French, English, Bahasa Indonesia, or American.


KUNJANI COFFEE & GALLERY

780 Seagate Dr, Naples    https://kunjaninaples.com

Come see some of Connie’s African images.  Buy and support projects in Africa.

 

ADD YOUR PHOTO

As most of you know, I am a Senior Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and now on the Board. We created 1Frame4Nature to share our dedication to conservation and to encourage everyone to participate.

Under the Mangroves ©Connie Bransilver

“We are all connected to nature, and through it, to each other. Join our community and share your pictures and stories of your personal connection to nature. Tell us what action(s) you are taking on behalf of nature! Tag #1Frame4Nature on Instagram

Share your #1Frame4Nature images and stories here! www.1Frame4Nature.org and while you are on the site, check out my images about climate change and its potential effect on south Florida. Climate Change Is Real.  Floridians should know!

 


ART FOR CONSERVATION - February 2017

Baby Gator - Fragility of Endangered Species ©ConnieBransilver

Eye of the Dolphin ©Connie Bransilver

Selfie at the March ©Connie Bransilver

ARTS ALIVE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 2017
5 - 7 pm - 1719 Trade Center Way, #3, Naples, FL 34109
Look for the slide projections on the front wall of the studio. Check out the Scout Guide video from December Arts Alive on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/connie.bransilver   https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.petrucci.16
You can see the next Guardian portrait in progress - Roy McBride & Chili.

NEXT ARTS ALIVE WEDNESDAY MARCH 1st, 2017
Special Guest, LEA BORKENHAGEN, PH. D. Fulbright Scholar, Cote d’Ivoire
Join us in French or English
 

CLIMATE CHANGE IS NOT A HOAX

Connie a Senior Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. They just created 1Frame4Nature to share their dedication to conservation and to encourage everyone to participate.  Their letter states, in part, 

“We are all connected. The water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat unite us in caring for our world.

“The Fellows of the International League of Conservation Photographers are dedicated to furthering conservation and the health of nature through their photography.  They do so by sharing their pictures and stories of what they hold most dear - their connections to the land, water, wildlife, and all of nature for the nourishment of both our bodies and spirits.

“1Frame4Nature (1F4N) is an iLCP led campaign that aims to use our Fellows’ images and stories to encourage online audiences, the general public, to share their images and stories of their own personal connection to nature.”

Share your #1Frame4Nature images and stories here! www.1Frame4Nature.org and while you are on the site, check out her images about climate change and its potential effect on south Florida. Climate Change Is Real. 
 

DID YOU MARCH?

Connie did, along with about 3,000 of our brothers and sisters in Naples.  Comment on her FB page about what the march means to you.


ARTS ALIVE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2017

Guardian Roy McBride and Chili ©Connie Bransilver (click image for larger view)

5 - 7 pm  -  1719 Trade Center Way, #3, Naples, FL 34109

Look for the slide projections on the front wall of the studio. Check out the Scout Guide video from December Arts Alive on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/connie.bransilver  and https://www.facebook.com/nicholas.petrucci.16

You can see the next Guardian portrait in progress - Roy McBride & Chili- see some of my abstract pieces, and check out five of Connie’s photographs just printed on canvas and ready to hang later this month — We will tell you where as soon as we can.

NEXT ARTS ALIVE - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 2017


AFRICA IN MY BLOOD - JANUARY 2017 UPDATES

Mombasa, 32” x 28” ©Nicholas Petrucci (click image for larger view)

Did you know that I lived in Africa with my father as a young man?  Yes, Uganda and Kenya, and I took an art course at Makerere University in Kampala.  My painting, Mombasa, 32” x 28” Framed Oil with Palette Knife on Canvas, links my love of Mombasa, where my father had a house on the beach, with my current work. 


“Her Honor - the African Mona Lisa,” 20” x 24” Framed Oil on Canvas, is, some say, my best work.  I met and immediately was in the spell of Nigerian jurist, Mrs. H. A. Balogun, a long time friend of Connie’s.  My respect for her inner beauty is evident in the delicate brush strokes and in the almost-living hijab in red.  These and several other paintings will be featured at Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery during the month of January 2017.

Kunjani Craft Coffee & Gallery  -  780 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34103
across from Waterside Shops and just west of US 41  http://www.kunjaninaples.com

Painting Her Honor ©Nicholas Petrucci (click image for larger view)

“Lifting each other up with love.”  dedicated to doing good and spreading awareness . . . about the humanitarian crises in Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa and offer hands-on, practical improvements . . .”

Don't miss this: "The Way Back”  A Naples mother and daughter reconnect with their African homeland: http://archive.naplesnews.com/news/local/the-way-back-a-naples-mother-and-daughter-reconnect-with-their-african-homeland-333876f5-8301-061f-e-381872581.html

 

Bud E. Bird ©Connie Bransilver

I have selected Bird Gardens of Naples as the Charity of the Month.  Keri is dedicated to parrot welfare in captivity and conservation of wild parrots.  Bud. E. Cockatoo Bird lived there for three years before he and I were reunited. Buddy now “owns” both me and Connie. Check it out and support Keri’s great work: https://birdgardensofnaples.org


2016 Holiday Message: In Buddhist symbolism the lotus is symbolic of purity of body, speech, and mind. While rooted in the mud, its flowers blossom on long stalks as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire.

The lotus is also symbolic of Spirituality.

At this special time of year, we wish you joy and contentment.  May we all rise above the mud and reach for the stars.

Nicholas and Connie


Guardian Franklin Adams, Leadership in Giving - Click Here

Guardian Franklin Adams, Leadership in Giving - Click Here

YOU ARE INVITED!

JOIN US - WEDNESDAY DEC. 7TH, 2016 5:00 - 8:00 PM
ARTS ALIVE - Naples Art District - 1st Wednesdays
+ SALON AT SEVEN - “ART FOR GOOD”

Studio - 1719 Trade Center Way #3, Naples, FL 34109.  Look for the FUCHSIA FLAG!
Special Surprise - OUTSIDE WALL IAMGES. Check it out.

EMPTY BOWLS - for Harry Chapin Food Bank

We will have several hand crafted ceramic bowls on display in the studio to announce the Jan. 28th Empty Bowls event in Cambier Park in support of Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW FL.  Stand by for more info or go to www.emptybowlsnaples.org.

 

iLCP Senior Founding Fellow and Board of Directors, Connie, spent a week in Washington at WILDSpeak

with her international conservation photographer colleagues.  Steve Winter keynoted Big Cats — remember the photo of the panther on a ridge in front of the HOLLYWOOD sign? — while Brian Skerry brought us Luminous Seas - his are the memorable shark images — while Sandesh Kadur explored India’s Mountains of Life. Many awesome others. We need, now, especially, to support conservation efforts not only for our precious Everglades (Guardians of the Everglades, of course), but also conservation around the world.  iLCP members bring the beauty and need for care to all of us.  It’s past Giving Tuesday, but not too late to make your 2016 tax deductible contributions to Guardians of the Everglades - http://www.wifv.org/events/#id=245&cid=783&wid=401 or to the International League of Conservation Photographers - http://www.give2gether.com/projects/focus-on-conservation-2016.babyrat/  

WE ALL NEED TO STEP UP NOW!


Franklin Adams has repeated his offer! You can gift yourself or your friends and take a charitable contribution at the same time.
 
SPEND A NIGHT IN THE BIG CYPRESS  ~ EXPERIENCE THE WESTERN EVERGLADES AND SUPPORT THE GUARDIANS OF THE EVERGLADES 

Want more info? guardiansoftheeverglades.com/you-are-invited/
(Click on the video trailer and watch Franklin Adams in action.)

Guardian Franklin Adams is offering an overnight trip for two into the Big Cypress Swamp of the Western Everglades. Franklin is a Florida Master Naturalist and a Gladesman Conservationist with a lifetime of experience in the Everglades region. This is an opportunity to have a memorable wilderness experience and learn about the cultural and natural history of this unique area while supporting The Guardians of the Everglades project. 

Travel will be by swamp buggy to a remote privately owned rustic camp in an area rarely visited in the Big Cypress Swamp. Experience the open prairies, cypress strands, hardwood hammocks and pine islands as you slowly travel into the interior. Deer, wild turkeys, wading birds, raptors and Big Cypress fox squirrels are frequently seen. If you are fortunate enough, you may be rewarded with seeing a black bear or Florida panther. Wild flowers and butterflies can be observed and photographed if that is your interest.

Enjoy the sunset as you relax in the peace and quiet while sitting around the camp fire while native Floridian Chef Karl Greer prepares a delicious traditional cypress country supper. 

YOU DON’T GET MANY OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THIS ONE!

Start the bidding at $5,000.00. Enter bids to guardiansoftheeverglades@gmail.com or call 239-405-2010 for more info.  Tax deductible above the value of the trip.

WE CAN TAILOR THE EVENT TO YOUR SPECIFIC INTERESTS, NEEDS AND FITNESS


Mark Your Calendar!   You are invited.

WE’VE BEEN SCOUTED

The Scout Guide - A Collection.
A Community. A Lifestyle.

The Scout Guide (TSG) is a publication dedicated to living beautifully, living well, and living like an insider—and we’ve been invited to participate.  Pick up your free copy of the best in Naples in
the studio. TheScoutGuide.com

As Seen in The Scout Guide

As Seen in The Scout Guide

Mark your calendars and join us for our SALONS AT SEVEN in conjunction with Naples Art District 1st Wednesdays ARTS ALIVE, 5-8 pm at our studio, 1719 Trade Center Way #3.

The Guardians of the Everglades portraits in the studio. ©Connie Bransilver

The Guardians of the Everglades portraits in the studio. ©Connie Bransilver

Dec 7, 2016  ARTS ALIVE 5-8 PM    SALON AT SEVEN - “ART FOR GOOD”
Jan 4, 2017  ARTS ALIVE 5-8 PM    SALON AT SEVEN - “CLASSICAL ART WITH CONTEMPORARY THEMES”
Feb 1, 2017  ARTS ALIVE 5-8 PM    SALON AT SEVEN - “JOURNEYS - ASIAN SPIRITS”
Mar 1, 2017  ARTS ALIVE 5-8 PM    SALON AT SEVEN - “AFRICA WAY, WAY, WAY OFF THE BEATEN PATH” with special Guest, Lea Borkenhagen, Ph. D., Fulbright Scholar Côte d’Ivoire
Apr 5, 2017  ARTS ALIVE 5-8 PM    SALON AT SEVEN - “FILMMAKING 101”

Can’t make Wednesdays?  Then come for ARTS ALIVE 3rd Saturdays, 11 am - 4 pm   Slide show and POP UP CONVERSATION

Jan 21, 2017  ARTS ALIVE SATURDAY 11 am - 4 pm
Feb 18, 2017  ARTS ALIVE SATURDAY 11 am - 4 pm
Mar 18, 2017  ARTS ALIVE SATURDAY 11 am - 4 pm

STAND BY FOR MORE POP UP EVENTS - UNVEILINGS, SPECIAL GUESTS, and MORE.  MAKE SUGGESTIONS!

Pope Francis, advancing his green agenda and raising concern over climate change, said, “When we mistreat nature, we also mistreat human beings.”