The Amazing Art of Nikki Garrett

This is Nikki Garrett standing beside one of her paintings.  This one is a 4' x 4' acrylic painting on sheet metal of a truck load of pumpkins.  You can see that Nikki is as beautiful as the art she creates.
This is Nikki Garrett standing beside one of her paintings. This one is a 4' x 4' acrylic painting on sheet metal of a truckload of pumpkins. You can see that Nikki is as beautiful as the art she creates.
"Keys" - Acrylic on a rusted metal shelf.
"Keys" - Acrylic on a rusted metal shelf.

An Artist With Vision

An artist sees things in life that we, who are not artists, don't. A mixture of gravel, water, flowers, feathers, ink, rust and sunsets would probably bring nothing to mind to a person who is not an artist. But an artist could envision hundreds of combinations of those things that could be used to create beautiful art. Nikki Garrett is that type of artist.

Nikki and I have been friends for many years, having met in college. She has become a dear friend to our family over the years and I am happy to introduce the world to her art in hopes that someone will recognize this beautiful woman as the outstanding artist she is, and launch her career into hyper speed.

This piece by Nikki Garrett is called  "American Girl" and it is acrylic/spray paint/hot glue/puzzle pieces on board 2'x6'.  Nikki is a master at combining different paints and objects to create some outstanding art pieces.
This piece by Nikki Garrett is called "American Girl" and it is acrylic/spray paint/hot glue/puzzle pieces on board 2'x6'. Nikki is a master at combining different paints and objects to create some outstanding art pieces.
This creation started out as a mere rusted metal shelf, but was transformed into a work of art by Nikki Garrett.  The piece is called "Maybe."  According to Nikki, she loves to  use rusted metal in its naturally corroded form.
This creation started out as a mere rusted metal shelf, but was transformed into a work of art by Nikki Garrett. The piece is called "Maybe." According to Nikki, she loves to use rusted metal in its naturally corroded form.

Nikki CAN Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow's Ear!

My mother always told us that you couldn't make a "silk purse out of a sow's ear," but I am sure she changed her mind after she met Nikki, who paints using acrylic on a variety of materials: canvas, wood, glass, and metal. "I love to use rusted metal in it's naturally corroded form. I try to incorporate the metal and its rust into the painting to create a truly one of a kind piece. For example when I paint old trucks I leave some of the bare metal showing in place of what would be painted that color."

"Maybe" - "In the painting of the woman with the guitar, the only colors I used were black, yellow for the highlights, and white for the strings. The rest was already there including the face. I did NOT paint a face on her. Using nail polish remover I uncovered some rust to show the natural grey of the shelf itself."


Sheet Metal Art

Acrylic on sheet metal of old truck 4'x6'. "More or less I find useless junk my dad has in or around his shop, or anywhere I come across something about to become garbage, and paint on it," Nikki said.
Acrylic on sheet metal of old truck 4'x6'. "More or less I find useless junk my dad has in or around his shop, or anywhere I come across something about to become garbage, and paint on it," Nikki said.
"Mississippi Burning," acrylic on sheet metal.
"Mississippi Burning," acrylic on sheet metal.
Nikki loves paintings of automobiles, especially old trucks.  This one is  acrylic on sheet metal.
Nikki loves paintings of automobiles, especially old trucks. This one is acrylic on sheet metal.

Nikki's Background

Nikki Garrett was born in Wynne, Arkansas, and she has lived in that state her entire life. She graduated from Lyon College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in studio art in 2008, where she compiled a body of work consisting of 19 pieces during her pregnancy regarding her insecurities about being an unwed mother living in the middle of the Bible Belt. Some of those pieces are pictured below. Now, however, Nikki lives in Cabot, Arkansas, with her husband Michael and their two children. She has been doing commission work for several years, beginning when she was working at a local veterinarian clinic and started doing pet portraits. In 2006, she placed first at County, District and State fair with a charcoal drawing of her dog, Grace.

"Insecure" -  pencil and watercolor. Nikki drew this of herself when she was pregnant with her son, Pate.  This was "really about the mental struggle of not feeling attractive and being insecure in my own skin."
"Insecure" - pencil and watercolor. Nikki drew this of herself when she was pregnant with her son, Pate. This was "really about the mental struggle of not feeling attractive and being insecure in my own skin."
 "TittieBaby"  - charcoal, pencil, pastel on paper. Nikki's son Pate wearing her bra on his head.
"TittieBaby" - charcoal, pencil, pastel on paper. Nikki's son Pate wearing her bra on his head.

Dogs Are One of Nikki's Favorite Subjects

If you are interested in contacting Nikki, you can send her an e-mail at:

Nikki22garrett@hotmail.com

All comments are welcome!

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Wolfyone 5 years ago from Central Maine

Lovely paintings. Thanks for showcasing this talented artist.


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Casey White 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Obscure. This hub has been very popular and I am going to start doing some more on various artists across the country. There is so much undiscovered talent out there, which makes my job as a writer very easy. Thanks for stopping by.


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Obscure_Treasures 5 years ago from USA

Very very informative.Good job.


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Casey White 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Giselle. Her work is so special to me because she is such a wonderful person.


Giselle Maine 5 years ago

Captivating hub! I am amazed by the exciting and original use of rusted metal. Nikki Garrett is clearly a very talented artist. Thanks for the clear descriptions and explanations of her work too.

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