Nikki is a Fine Artist based in the South Lakes, Cumbria, UK. Nikki studied Theatre Design in Birmingham before completing a PGCE in Lancaster and a MA in Film and TV Production Design in Kingston. After completing her studies Nikki went on to be Head of Art and Design, Photography, and Media Studies in a school outside London before moving back to the Lake District in 2010. Nikki currently teaches full-time A-level and Post 18 Art, Design, and Photography as well as working on her own creative practice. Nikki has always worked on her own creative practice whilst working full time and completed commissions over the years in a variety of media and subject matter as well as being a lifestyle and wedding photographer for a short time.
Nikki lives with her Italian husband and two boys and can be found avidly reading or walking their beagle in the beautiful surroundings of the Lakes when she isn’t teaching or being creative.
When I consider my own artwork, I often struggle to find the words to describe my work, creating art is a need for me, to unload my thoughts and emotions. My artwork comes from within and often contains locations or motifs that are personal or from my surroundings. I have always enjoyed color and nature, and when I paint, I love exploring different color palettes to provoke different emotions and feelings. Art to me should be something to be enjoyed and bring different meanings to those who look upon it.
I enjoy working with portraits, the human face can show a variety of emotions and can create mystery and intrigue. I have a passion and love for lighting, color, and a sense of narrative within my work due to my background in film. My love of narrative and storytelling within the image, I hope creates intrigue and invites the viewer to interpret ideas for themselves, to question and be thoughtful.
During the pandemic, painting was my lifeline. I enjoyed rediscovering color within portraiture and using elements at juxtapositions to develop compositions that created new ideas. My work contains motifs of floral elements associated with emotions, feminine traits, and awareness of balance within compositions, through color and texture. The lockdown gave me time to re-energize my artwork and reflect inwardly to express outwardly in my painting. Through expressing floral elements, I have explored the Queen of flowers the peony in recent work. A flower that can bring joy and beauty into the world during some dark times. These flowers represent regrowth, strength, and resilience as well as feminine beauty and softness. My most recent work has explored Goddesses and the divine feminine with symbolism within the flowers selected, colors, and other elements helping to tell a story.