Art for Extraordinary Everyday Living.
A few years ago, I took an inventory of things that made me happy and decided to combine them in my paintings. It worked! The joy has caught on and Nicole Kristiana Studio came to life!
The happiness list includes odd animals I learned about watching PBS, intricate patterns from around the world, amazing colors, Asian artwork, feelings of Zen, rhythmic lines and butterflies!
Why the butterfly?
When I learned the art of letting things go, butterflies would show up in my life with amazing frequency. This was also about the time I knew that creating art was the passion of my life. So, it made a lot of sense to include the symbol within my artworks. The butterfly evolves. Like art, like life, the butterfly symbolizes change, and beautiful change at that. My art is ever evolving and so is the butterfly. Every year, I update the symbol to signify evolvement and to celebrate the passage of time.
Why I love the butterfly most is that it represents being free.Free like a butterfly. For me, I feel true freedom when I’m creating. The focus is meditative as I delve in to the layers. I work back and forth much like the movements of the butterfly, hopefully gracefully. And, of course, it symbolizes delight through the appreciation, evolvement and freedom. Nicole Kristiana Studio is the delightful butterfly for me, so it is the symbol in my works that’s why I call it the Ebullient Butterfly
The prints are done in a modern day printmaking process. Painting in gouache, watercolor, and a variety of ink are layered in each artwork. This work blends classical training and current conceptual art together in a wonderful expressive way. I studied art for over 12 years at five universities and Internationally in Italy.
I have participated in hundreds of shows and continue to work daily on my craft.
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