- Arts and Design
The Amazing Art of Nikki Garrett
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.
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
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.
Dogs Are One of Nikki's Favorite Subjects
If you are interested in contacting Nikki, you can send her an e-mail at:
All comments are welcome!