Nikki Coulombe

My approach toward art emphasizes value in the work process where means to expression are diverse, and despite the outcome, creativity is an attitude toward life. Ultimately as a traditional artist, I’m most comfortable painting or drawing.

I grew up in Alberta, Canada, where three years of formal education led to a home-based business in eastern Ontario, working as freelance artist while my two boys were young. On-site work for Interior Designers and their associates, with their limited budgets and deadlines, extended my creative edge and capacity for improvisation.
Until moving to Texas in 2002, volunteer work at schools involved developing educational projects around themes of Art History, multiculturalism, and environmental issues. In the U.S., creating an entirely new body of work consisting mostly of paintings, I participate in gallery exhibitions and competitions, and was voted Artist of the Year in 2009 by the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST, Denton, TX).

Capabilities include illustrations of almost any subject, acrylics and watercolor paintings, people and pet portraits, custom designed wall murals, faux finishes, fabric design, small sculptures, jewelry. I especially welcome work with interior designers because of the unique challenges they present. I’ll give anything a try, but no longer accept commissions for people portraits.

Now living in the Portland, Oregon area, I accept freelance work while adding to and promoting the ‘Dancing With Trees’ exhibition, painting a series of watercolors depicting North American landscapes, and expanding on the unique ‘Chairs’ series.