Welcome to our Artist Spotlight series for Lackawanna Arts Fest! Our first feature is Nicole Kristiana Studio! Nicole is traveling from Bellefonte, Delaware to bring her cheerful and wildly patterned animal prints and original works to Scranton! Her artwork is perfect for the collector or for creatively furnishing a child’s room. We’re excited to have her as a new artist at Lackawanna Arts Fest!
How did you start Nicole Kristiana Studio?
Nicole Kristiana Studio started in 2008. I had been working on digital artworks post-graduation from my studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and working to incorporate my love of painting and nature into those pieces. After a good deal of exploration and experimentation, the digital style I had developed turned into the hand-done gouache style I have today. I was originally trained in oil painting, but found gouache suited my vision much better.
What inspires your paintings?
Patterns in life and nature, as well as brilliant color! My peace and meditation have always come from walking in nature. Could be a remote location or a beautiful city park, but I find the need to connect to nature every day. Having studied art and observation for 25 or more years, I know to observe the visual interactions between things, as well as through them, and enjoy the connections and differences as they interact. I try and capture that in the animal paintings I create, always considering the environment in which they live.
Tell us a little about your medium and process.
I use gouache. Gouache is an opaque watercolor typically used by illustrators. I use a variety of techniques to achieve the desired effect in each painting. I will use sponges, spray bottles, cut-outs, chinese brushes, watercolor brushes, dried fruit, basically anything the artwork needs to be beautiful. I often use inks and glass pens to finish the works.
What will you be featuring at Lackawanna Arts Fest?
I will have original works and prints at Lackawanna Arts Fest. Prints will represent over 100 animal paintings in various sizes. Originals are 22″ x 30″ and in temporary frames to protect them. All prints are giclee/archival and are hand-signed.
Do you travel often for art shows?
Since I have a regular job and a two year old at home, I don’t travel as much as I’d like to. I tend to stay around the mid-atlantic region, going as far as New York and Washington, DC. Most shows are in the Spring and Fall.
What do you love most about running your business?
What keeps me going is that my artwork genuinely makes people happy. I love to hear that someone has a piece in their kitchen that makes them smile everyday, or that child says good night to each animal print on their wall at bedtime. It makes it all so worth it to know I’ve added a small bit of happiness to someone’s day.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
Please stop by my booth at the Fest and don’t be shy. Even of you don’t buy anything, I would love visitors to come in and take a moment to enjoy looking at my works. There are so many animals and details to enjoy in each piece. It’s best to see it in person!
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