The subjects within my work, their interaction and their environment tell a story, usually about childhood or family life. I have painted many subjects, but am always drawn back to children and depicting their enthusiasm for life. The honesty and immediacy of children make them excellent subjects. Children are drawn into the experience of their surroundings. They focus on “now” and “the fullness of now”. As adults we tend to miss this as we look into the past or rush through to the future. Portraits of your family may be booked through Nikki. The current waiting list requires booking approximately 2–4 months in advance of your desired delivery date.
My business Nikki’s Portraits of Childhood has been in operation now for 23 years and although I am based in Regina, collectors span Western Canada and into the U.S. I have many repeat private collectors who own as many as 5 – 6 of my originals. I am very blessed to have their support and to have developed friendships with many of these folks through my business. I also has a line of limited edition reproductions that can be viewed on my site. Several are now sold out and many others are within 1 – 5 copies of being sold out.
In 2015 I began teaching workshops for the Art Gallery of Regina and classes for the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre. My most recent solo show was held at the Art Gallery of Regina’s Outside the Box venue and featured my landscapes on copper. I have also exhibited at the University of Regina Faculty Club twice, Government House, the Joe Moran, the Assiniboia Galleries in Regina and Saskatoon and the Dunlop Branch Galleries in Regina. I am also a regular exhibitor at the Regina Spring Home Show and many others.
In recent years I expanded my business Nikki’s Portraits of Childhood to include art instruction and painting holidays. In 2013 & 2015 I led a group of artists to paint plein air in Paris and the S.W of France then it to Cuba in Feb. 2016 & 17. My next group painting excursion is planned for Jan. 11 – 25, 2019 in The Mid-Winter Cuban Salsa Dance and Paint Holiday. I love the outdoors, painting plein air and have spent time working in the Moose Mountain Artists’ Colony in 2012 – 2018. I was also a Guest Artist in Residence for 3 years at Cypress Hills, SK through a Creative Partnerships Grant with the Sask. Parks & The Friends of Cypress Hills Inc., funded by the Sask Arts Board and Sask. Lotteries. There I designed and provided arts programming to visitors to the park and conducted open studio times while working on my art practise. I was also a successful applicant juried to participate in the 2013 / 2014 CARFAC Mentorship Program funded through the Sask. Arts Board and was pleased to be mentored by artist Iris Hauser. I also served as a juror in 2015 on the mentorship selection committee.
2018 has been a very exciting year, as I was honoured to receive the Jacquie Schumiatcher; YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the Arts. I will also be a Guest Artist in Residence once again at the Johnson Cultural Centre in Cypress Hills, Sask. and one of my works sold at auction for $6000. ! My artwork is also represented by The Broken Spoke Art Gallery in Maple Creek, Sask.
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