Mom, Artist, Wife, Bartender

My life is full, all good things. Obviously being a mom to my girl is priority number one. I'm lucky that I get to spend my days with her, & only work a few nights a week bartending, (obviously not my passion, or what I want to use my degree for, but it's at the best possible restaurant & gratefully profitable.) We've never needed to find daycare because she always gets to be with me or my husband. Which has been ideal for us.

Being an artist at the same time, is where it gets tricky. My heart & mind always want to be making, always wants to be productive. Finding that balance between being present with my daughter Juniper & finding the time to paint is hard. Having a home studio helps, because I can more easily steal moments here are there, but it also brings its challenges. If I'm home and you can see me I'm 'available' or I myself can easily be distracted, or often do what I like to call 'procrasti-clean.' 

My husband is very supportive & Juniper lets me get away with it for the most part, sometimes too much, & then I feel guilty that my attention isn't all on her... the struggle for the perfect harmony is real. What ever did I do with all my time before motherhood?!

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 Attention stealing tactic. Clown. 

Attention stealing tactic. Clown. 

 Nap time the most glorious time of the day! 

Nap time the most glorious time of the day! 

My situation, for the most part, is as ideal as it could be, & I am grateful. 

BUT boy do I dream of finding that elusive, & valuable commodity; Time. 

Someday I'll be the prolific artist I have boiling up in me, (& or update my website as often as I should ... ) Until then standby and be patient with me, or more importantly I'll be patient with myself. 

<3 - nikki 

Latest Comission.

I recently got asked to create a painting for a friend featuring his three favorite 'critters' as he called them. Being a scuba diver, & a traveler, he has actually come face to face with each of them.  A great white shark, a hammer head, & a tiger shark. He spoke of them so affectionately.

Scary predators are not my usual subject matter, but I seriously had so much fun making this painting. 

2' x 3.5' Watercolor and milk paint on birch panel. 

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It was such a reward to see how happy & excited he was to with the finished product. 

Have an idea you'd like to see visualized? I'm your girl!  

Dahlov Ipcar

Swoon! I am so in love with the work of one of 'Maine's treasures,' artist- illustrator, Dahlov Ipcar. Recently my daughter Juniper & I had the pleasure of meeting sweet Dahlov & having a hand full of her wonderful books signed! 

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We had the above 3 books signed, & own 3 more - with plans, wants, & wishes to collect as many as we can. Dahlov has over 30 children's books published! The illustrations in each of these books are all rich with color, style, & pattern. All things that I love, but besides the beautiful imagery, the stories are all really charming, lovely, & well written. 

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To make things even more exciting! We not only had the great honor of sitting and chatting with Dahlov Ipcar, but Juniper & I's moment together with her was captured and published by a local paper - here in 'The Coastal Journal.' 

You can read the article online as a pdf @the costaljournal.com. This is certainly something I'll be saving for the ol' scrapbook! Something we will cherish, along with her signed books, for years to come! 

Ipcar is a true inspiration to me, with her nearly 70 year long career of creating absolutely beautiful work. Her legacy of children's books, as well as her paintings being in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan, & the Whitney. Her success & accomplishments are something this aspiring Maine artist dreams of. 

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The above two images (& 3rd below) are by Winkey Lewis from an article written by Susan Conely for mainemagazine.com.

-'...She tells me a secret: “There is the artist life and then there is the doing of the art.” She chose the latter. “The art is why I’m still alive." -

It's a really beautiful article that I personally really enjoyed. It gives you an inside peak into Dahlov's life, home, & studio.  I particularly loved the visual it paints of Daholv's parents & her upbringing. I highly suggest you head over here and read this next! 

 In Dahlov's home, look how dreamy!&nbsp;

In Dahlov's home, look how dreamy! 

And with all that, I now leave you with these pictures of my daughter Juniper enjoying her copy of 'The Calico Jungle.' Completely unprompted, amongst many other options, this book is easily her new favorite. My girl has good taste! <3 n