When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

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Clearcut - Tillimook, Oregon - 18 x 24 inches watercolors on 140 lb cold press


”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.”


Nikki 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 her two boys were young. Art included illustration, acrylics paintings, people and pet portraits, custom designed wall murals, fabric design, plus a variety of on-site work for Interior Designers and their associates, where limited budgets and deadlines extended her creative edge and capacity for improvisation.
Until moving to Texas in 2002, volunteer work at schools involved developing educational projects around themes of Art History, multiculturalism, and environmental issues. In the U.S., creating an entirely new body of work consisting mostly of paintings, Nikki participated in gallery exhibitions and competitions, voted Artist of the Year in 2009 by the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST, Denton, TX).

The multi-faceted solo exhibition entitled “The Majesty of Trees”, a variety of art representing numerous associations with trees, premiered in 2009 at the Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh, North Carolina. During 2010, changing the title to “Dancing With Trees”, some pieces from the collection showed at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum in Madison, WI. The accompanying website shares photography of trees taken during travels across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia, Singapore and China, also functioning as a place where all aspects of the show can be viewed as a cohesive unit.
Now living in the Portland, Oregon area, Nikki accepts freelance work and commissions for paintings, continuing life-long, ongoing projects like adding to and promoting the ‘Dancing With Trees’ exhibition, painting a series of watercolors depicting North American landscapes, and expanding on the unique ‘Chairs’ series.


Contact nikki_coulombe@hotmail.com

 Dancing With Trees          nikkiphotography.com          trucolors.info

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