Artist’s Bio

When Life Brings You Lemons, Draw Them

When life brings you lemons, draw them!


“Images and ideas are powerful, and presenting them is what I do best, ultimately as a traditional artist most comfortable painting or drawing. My approach toward art emphasizes value in the work process, where means to expression are diverse, and despite the outcome, creativity is an attitude toward life.”


I grew up in Alberta, Canada, where three years of formal education led to a home-based business in eastern Ontario, starting with the unanticipated success of Earthbags, and working freelance while my two boys were young. Artwork involved illustration, paintings, portraits, pet portraits, custom designed wall murals, fabric design, and a variety of on-site work for Interior Designers and their associates. Limited budgets and deadlines extended a creative edge and capacity for improvisation.

Until moving to Texas, U.S.A. in 2002, volunteer work at schools included developing educational projects around themes of Art History, multiculturalism, and environmental issues. In Texas, creating an entirely new body of work, mostly paintings, I participated in gallery exhibitions and competitions. It was an honor to be voted Artist of the Year in 2009 by the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST, Denton, TX).

I developed a multi-faceted solo exhibition entitled “The Majesty of Trees”, which premiered in 2009 at the Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh, NC and showed at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum in Madison during 2010. The ambitious collection represents numerous associations with trees, and the accompanying website shares photography of trees taken during travels across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia, and Singapore, also functioning as a place where all aspects of the exhibition can be viewed and all art can be purchased.

Now living in the Portland, Oregon area, I continue to accept freelance commissions. Life-long, ongoing projects are adding to and promoting the ‘Trees’ exhibition and expanding on the unique ‘Chairs’ series.


 

Contact nikki_coulombe@hotmail.com

On the right-hand column of the nikkiartwork blog there are links to some photos of the freelance work mentioned above.

 

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