devotion to art and creativity started during early childhood.
She was fortunate to attend an elementary school with a
strong art program which provided a solid foundation for
artistic knowledge and experience. Her scholastic
creativity continued to develop, culminating in a BFA from
Franklin and Marshall College. She took a few years
off from her creative aspirations to attend law school,
but found her passion for art only grew stronger.
three years of practicing law, Nicole gave up her legal
career to pursue a more focused painting regime. She
rented a small studio in the Fan district of Richmond, Virginia,
and devoted nights and weekends to her creative endeavors.
She continues to reside in Richmond, now with a studio on
site at her house where she spends many hours focusing on
oil and acrylic painting, and glass fusing.
Techniques & Methods
has expanded the visual aspect of painting into a tactile
experience and has several unique styles she invented.
The first is "tactile orbs." Using a combination of
brushes, she puts down the first layer of paint to create
the shape of each orb. Then she blends and builds
layer upon layer of paint to establish the complex dimension
of each orb. The paint actually sits like a mountain
on top of the canvas. After waiting until the layers
have started to dry, she goes into the paint once more with
the dark and light shading, pulling up on the sticky paint
to create the tactile orb. The orbs themselves represent
celestial objects. The idea is to make them feel gritty
like an object in space would feel. Close your eyes
and touch it.
evokes emotion. My goal is to use color to create
an emotional response so intense that for a moment all else
second technique innovation is called "star-spray."
Glass grinding requires water to keep the grinder bit wet.
If the grinder is not enclosed, the wet bit sends out a
cascade of sprayed glass as it grinds. Nicole places
her painting in proximity to the spray to allow for a build
up of glass on the canvas. This creates a one-of-a-kind
speckling on the canvas in the color of the glass.
Nicole's home is an eccentric little structure built on
a ledge, putting its occupants at eye-level with the limbs
of the trees growing in the gully below. Double French
doors hang on opposite walls, allowing a breeze to blow
through the cabin as she creates. The openness of
this workspace suits her personality and artistic philosophy,
affording visits from leaves, flower petals, sunlight and
butterflies (or one of her many canine or human friends).
current environment bombards our eyes and ears with images
and noise. We humans have succeeded in overwhelming ourselves
with ourselves. As a result, we fail to really look at things,
seldom shocked with horror or awe. We just go, go, go."
my studio, time stands still. I hope to pass that
stillness to others through my work, leaving them with moments
of awe so rarely found in life's chaos."