Hanging out with Nikki
She focuses on the spiritual side of a woman’s journey, as well as using mother nature as an inspiration to create her artworks.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Nikki and I am from a small little coastal town on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand/Aotearoa.
I am currently on the East Coast of the North Island. I love to spend my time surfing, camping and travelling and of course, creating.
How would you describe your creative style
I love exploring the mystical side of things, so there is always a bit of symbolism, spiritualism, ceremony and nature worked into my pieces. I also love a retro colour pallet with a retro-looking appearance. It’s an interesting mix!
How did your journey towards becoming an illustrator begin?
My creative journey is constantly evolving. I was a kid who was always creating. From making paper, jewellery and marbling to candle making, I’ve done it all. But as I started travelling, illustration was the easiest to take on the road with me. All I needed was a pad and pen, and now I have my Ipad.
How do you see your personality reflected in your artwork?
I’m a surfer, so lot of my art is a reflection of the surf culture and also around my spirituality.
The woman’s body is such a predominant part of your artwork.
Why did you decide to focus on that?
Gosh, I just adore the female form. It feels beautiful to draw it.
What part of the creating process do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy the whole process. I love to get inspired and excited, then I grab my pen to start creating and just see where it goes from there.
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What is the weirdest artwork you’ve ever done?
I just had a flashback of my friend making a costume for me to wear for the Wearable Art Fashion Show.
It was a flowing dress that took up the whole stage, made entirely from seaweed with a few paua shells as a bra.
Do you have any mentors/inspirational artists?
I adore visionary art and the Tibetan Buddhist art. I have recently been in love with Remedios Varo work.