My name is Nikki Pilgrim. I am a painter & mixed media artist. A NH native, I received my BFA from the Maine College of Art in 2007, with a focus in printmaking & have since been living & making art on the coast of Maine.
I am a maker, I am always compelled to be producing. Painting has become my happy place. My studies in printmaking still govern my painting process, which is still very much about the ritual of layering ornate color, texture & form.
I would call myself a water based painter. I primarily use water colors, gauche, & milk paint; at times I’m a mixed media artist, combining collage, found objects & or xerox transfers. I will often say watercolor is my medium, but traditional watercolorists might cringe to see the way I use the material. I work my materials hard to make them serve me.
While some of my paintings have a lot of symbolism behind them, my paintings of late are purely inspired from the beauty we’re surrounded by here in Maine. My process revolves around being a mother, having a home studio, & the time I can steal for myself to paint. I take inspiration from being outside, in my garden & in nature with my family. I relish in the fact we live so close to some of the most gorgeous beaches. I find so much inspiration & therapy from my time spent in that environment & with the waves. The abyss of the see is like a temple to me, the moody blues, constantly changing, the movement and vastness.
While another muse of mine is from my other passion, treasure hunting at flea markets. I get a wealth of inspiration from antiquity, art deco, art nouveau & folk art. Sometimes a painting will be completely based off of a find from the flea or from the sea. Nature & flea markets, both of which Maine is rich with.
The day to day, the moving beauty of nature & humanity, together with my need to create, shapes me as an artist, & motivates my paintings.
A form of art & my way of life.
“The mark of all good art is not that the thing done is done exactly or finely, for machinery can do as much, but that it is worked out with the head and the work (wo)man's HEART. - Oscar Wilde
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