Nickyworks Studio, LLC.

Biography: I first began to paint in college. After finishing my graduate program in architecture, I worked for several years as a graphic designer at the University of Minnesota. I left that job to raise my children, but when they grew older I took up painting again. After encountering an encouraging amount of success with my art, I opened up a studio in the NE Minneapolis Arts District.Artist

Statement: My works are portals to a magical realism rendered in vibrant colors on canvas and wood. They often focus on familiar sights, including fauna and flora set in semi-abstract, or even entirely abstract backgrounds. I frequently use the juxtaposition of elements that seemingly would not belong together to create a higher sense of beauty and playfulness. For example, I paint objects such as flowers, umbrellas, and paper boats alongside whales and manatees. These seemingly out-of-place objects bring personality and drama to my subjects that I hope will inspire a desire for stewardship of nature in the viewer. Despite my use of vivacious and bold colors, my paintings have a soothing quality to them, thanks in part to cool or comforting hues that predominate the pictures.