Born in BC and growing up in the Okanangan, Nikki has been exposed and inspired by the beauty of the mountains and lakes. In her younger years Nikki was often found sketching in her text books where a common theme of figures, faces, and details of nature often appeared. After high school she pursued her love for makeup artistry and graduated in 2002. In late 2005 an opportunity presented itself to pursue art full time and she took the leap, she has been devoted to painting ever since, always knowing she wanted to have a job where she could reign in her love for creativity. What began as an innocent love for color, textures and paint, soon grew into a love and appreciation for sharing her art with the public. This in turn led to getting involved with community events, artist talks, and solo/group shows within BC.
Nikki first began painting about ten years ago, and through an attitude of openness and discovery, she developed her own unique techniques of freestyle abstract painting. Inspired by the colors on her palette, the music on her playlist, and the ideas floating around in her mind she begins to paint, working in the moment allowing the paint to move and wander on the canvas. She often describes the process like dancing on canvas with a paint brush; abstract, expressive, and free. She enjoys the therapy this process brings her and finds it fulfilling when people respond with feeling and emotion from her art.
In 2011 she painted a series of work and titled it the ‘Drift Series’, inspired by the color, shape, simplicity, and texture of a piece of drift wood she collected on a road trip across Canada. This series is a continual source of inspiration, and continues to change and evolve with each new painting.
In addition to numerous independent shows and events, Nikki has been involved in group exhibitions and events at various locations in the Okanagan Valley, including: Art Walk, RCA, Kelowna Community Theatre, Vernon Community Arts Centre, Vernon Art Gallery, Bo.tegga, and Sopa’s U8 show. This past April she had the opportunity to show her latest series of work to a whole new audience at the Toronto Art Expo. Nikki also has a private permanent collection of her work at Kelowna’s Bo.ttega Farm Inn.