Nick Mariano
32" x 25"

Nick Mariano
Myrtle Beach, SC

"I try to photograph unusual subjects both above and below the sea.  I then take my photos and transform them into a painting-like setting to give them some character and make them a bit different from everyone else's photos of the same subject."
- Nick Mariano

Following his retirement from the U.S. Department of State, Nick and his wife, Pat (a multi-media artist) moved to Myrtle Beach, SC, where he began a second career as a photographer and a professional scuba diver.  Nick continues to work and travel throughout the world, giving him the opportunity to photograph a wide array of countries and peoples and do underwater photography at some of the best dive locations in the world.  He is a member of numerous local art groups and displays his photography at several galleries in the Myrtle Beach area.  He has also recently begun writing and publishing both photographic and written novel books.

His Art Awards and Juried Entires include:
  2018  - Juried into and Ribbon Winner at the 23rd Annual Fine Arts League of Cary, NC Juried Exhibition
Juried into the Animal Kingdom Art Competition
Ribbon Winner in the WACG Fall Art Show in Myrtle Beach, SC
3rd Place-Photography Division-Contemporary Art Gallery's Figurative/Portrait Art Contest

2017 - Ribbon Winner-Small Works Exhibit-William H. Miller Gallery, Myrtle Beach, SC
Juried into the 2018 ARTFIELDS Competition in Lake City, SC
Juried into Contemporary Art Gallery Online Water/Seascapes Art Exhibition
Juried into the Fusion Art "CityScapes" Show
Juried into "Cityscapes" at the Impasto Art Gallery, Longmont, Co
Juried into the 2017 Wilmington Art Show, Wilmington, NC
Juried into the WAGG 20th Annual Juried Show at the Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC 
Juried in the National Juried Exhibition in Hilton Head, SC
Juried into the Animal Kingdom Competition at The Fusion Art Gallery in Palm Springs, CA 

2016 - Ribbon Winner, Seacoast Artists Guild Spring Photo Show
Juried into PhotoSpiva 2016 Exhibition, Joplin, MO
Juried into the 2016 Summer Edition of Studio Visit Magazine
Juried into the FALC 21st Annual Juried Exhibition in Cary, NC
Juried into the Waccamaw Annual Juried Exhibition, Spring 2016 Juried into the 34th Annual Spring Art Show, Wilmington, NC
Juried into the Colors of Humanity Art Gallery' "Human Nature' Show
Curator for Viewbug Photo Web Site
Received 2nd Place Prize in the Contemporary Art Gallery 4th Annual Portrait Photo Contest.
Received 1st Place Prize (Photography) in the Contemporary Art Gallery Animals Photo Contest
Juried into "The Sea-Above and Below" at the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles, CA
Juried into the "Fur, Feathers & Fins" Show at the Annmarie Art Gallery in Dovel, MD
Juried into the Small Works 2016 Art Show in Florence, SC
Juried into the 311 Gallery 2016 Photography Juried Art Show in Raleigh, NC
Juried into Art for Animals & Award Winner, Charity Art Competition in Palm Springs, CA
Juried into the Colors of Humanity Art Gallery's "Animals" 2016 Show
Juried into the 2016 Small Works Show at the White River Valley museum, City of Auburn, Washington