Growing up on a Montana ranch near Yellowstone and spending most of her childhood on horseback gave Niki an appreciation for the way mother nature's colors layer and affect one another. Where most people see one color she paints multiple shades layering and interacting to create really interesting works of art.
Niki’s love of painting women and the female form started at a young age. An early career allowed her to travel globally and experience the arts and culture in numerous places and further developed her focus on figurative painting that has both realistic and abstract elements.
She has always intuitively known how to draw and paint and bring colors/textures together in a way that tells a story. At just 15years old she was commissioned to do a mural by a business owner that saw her paintings at an art show.
Niki is a full-time professional contemporary artist living in suburban Philadelphia. Her paintings reside in corporate and private collections in the US.
I'm always curious about what makes women who they are and the unseen aspects that shape them.
I paint women using acrylics and oils and layering the paint in different ways. I use flowers and patterns to bring to light the experiences, skills, traumas, hobbies and other external forces that have left an imprint on them. My inspiration for patterns that make their way into my paintings comes from nature, historic architecture, fashion and unexpected places. Flowers are a natural choice not just for their beauty, but the constant cycle of growth that is very symbolic of what I'm trying to portray.
I think it's important to celebrate women and appreciate how all of these things make them who they are and the marks they make on the world. My paintings often reveal a quiet strength to women.
I also like to evoke a childlike joy associated with my art similar to that of finding easter eggs or finding hidden words in visual puzzles so I often hide the titles of my paintings in the painting itself. I find it encourages people to want to see the painting up close to try and find the hidden words.