Nicky is an accomplished artist, author, and editor. She is currently preparing a whimsical watercolour exhibit for Roam Gallery. Her paintings capture the playful quality between what we see and what we wish were true. Her images are reminiscent of childhood magic. She is also employed as the website editor for Pursuit365. She is busy helping other women craft their narratives when she isn’t painting or editing.
If you could give your past self some advice, what would you tell yourself?
People do not think about you or judge you as much as you think they do. With that in mind, be courageous, live unapologetically with abandon and be grateful for every moment, even the tough ones. Moments are not guaranteed.
Do you have a mantra or phrase you live by? What is it?
Do everything twice! The first time you do something, you learn how to do it. The second time you do it, you discover whether you have an aptitude for it or whether or not you like it. Only after the second run-through can you decide to discard it or make it part of your practice.
What is your number one business goal this year?
I hope to get my first watercolour show into Roam, an online art gallery, before August 2022.
What is your number one priority when it comes to your career and daily work?
Doing something creative every day is a priority. I am passionate about painting, drawing, writing, collecting natural treasures, cooking, designing, and refining daily. Every day must include moments or experiences that feed the creative spirit. I also spend time meditating and practising gratitude. I write morning pages to empty my mind, meditate to clear my mind and then replenish myself with creative endeavours. A trip to the beach to find lakeside treasures or to the thrift store searching for one-of-a-kind creation materials restocks my artistic shelves. My daily routine ends with writing down three things I am grateful for and planning at least one act of kindness toward another in the coming week.
Where do you find inspiration?
Through conversation with my daughters and the universe at large, I find inspiration in childhood wonder and whimsy and the magical. Sitting in the garden can be inspirational if you observe and listen closely.
What is your favourite thing about what you do in your career and why?
My favourite moments as an artist, be it painter or writer, are those that evoke emotion and connection with others. If my work elicits an emotional response, whether it be laughter or tears, I have accomplished my goal.
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