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Nikki Pilgrim

Bath, ME

"Opulent color, pattern, & movement - nature inspired paintings on dynamic canvases."
I Am a Contemporary Watercolor Painter & Illustrator for Artemis Flock.

An NH native, I received my BFA from the Maine College of Art in 2007, with a focus in printmaking & have since been living & making art on the coast of Maine.

I am a habitual maker, I have always been compelled to produce work in a variety of mediums, after completing my undergrad, I found my happy place in painting.

I love opulent color, movement, pattern, funk & fun. While some of my paintings contain symbolism, my work of late is purely inspired by the beauty that we are surrounded by here in Maine.

My process revolves around being a mother, having a home studio, & the time I steal for myself to paint. Starting as a mixed media artist, I began painting on wood, primarily with watercolor, & have since developed my own techniques. My husband & partner, then frames my work for me, in a way that compliments & brings it to a beautiful keepsake level. Painting on wood lends me so much freedom, & flexibility, with integrity. It allows me to achieve more layering, color saturation, contrast, & boldness not commonly found in watercolor paintings, while still embracing its translucency, ability to move, wash & blend.

I take endless inspiration from being outside in my garden & in nature with my family. From the mountains to the woods, to the beach. I find so much therapy & influence from my time spent on the coast, especially with the ocean watching the waves. The abyss of the sea is like a temple to me, the moody blues, constantly changing, the movement and the vastness.

Another muse of mine is from my other passion, treasure hunting at flea markets. I love antiquity, art deco, art nouveau & folk art. Nature & flea markets, both of which Maine is rich with, fuel me with creativity & endless making.

“The mark of all good art is not that the thing is done exactly or finely, for machinery can do as much, but that it is worked out with the head and the work (wo)man's HEART. - Oscar Wilde
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