(b.1992, Prince Albert, Sk. Canada)
Shortly after graduating high-school, Nicole moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to continue her education at the University of Saskatchewan. While there she decided to take various studio classes which kickstarted her pursuit into the arts. She will be completing her Bachelors of Fine arts in the spring of 2015 focusing on painting, printmaking and drawing.
In the summer of 2013, Nicole was accepted into an art restoration program offered through the International Institute for Restoration and Preservation Studies in San Gemini, Italy, which is located in the hilly region of Umbria. While there she studied traditional painting techniques and restoration theory which inevitably sparked her interests in restoration practices.
Nicole’s artwork is very diverse not only in mediums used but also in subject matter and style. Using art as a way to relax and decompress, paired with the freedom university classes gave her to explore, it gave Nicole the opportunity to play with her art. She was able to create light hearted imagery within her work. In contrast, Nicole has also used her artwork as a vessel to look into her aboriginal heritage, the present day conflicts of aboriginal people and the issues they have faced throughout Canadian history.
Placing first in the Aboriginal Arts and Stories competition Nicole gained recognition for her work created to bring awareness for the need to preserve and rehabilitate dying aboriginal languages. In November of 2014 her painting ‘Keeper of The Voice’ was awarded the Governor Generals History Award. Nicole has begun to create work with a political standpoint in hopes to generate movement towards resolving the many obstacles faced by aboriginal people today.
This year, Nicole has been privileged to work and study under renowned artists like Mary Longman; assisting her in her project by creating campaign ribbons for ‘Warrior Woman: Stop the Silence’, meant to memorialize indigenous men, women and children affected by the indigenous genocide in North America. Nicole has recently been approached by The School of Public Health in combination with other groups to partake in a knowledge mobilization project. She is currently working as a research assistant illustrating a narrative to capture the cumulative impacts on the environment and livelihoods of indigenous people as a result of developments and other changes in the Slave Lake area.
Nicole Has exhibited in various galleries and group shows as well as had her work published in various media outlets. She has experienced an influx of commissions over the past year and now has work sold and displayed across Canada and internationally. Nicole is currently living in Saskatoon, Sk. actively perusing her artistic path.