Nikki Cade is a Dallas area based artist, living and working in Plano, TX. She works primarily in mixed-media on canvas and unconventional surfaces. She graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a Master’s in Education and also studied Interior Design at Wade College.
She is the founder of The Creative Brunch Series, a local brunch and creative topics workshop series to foster community and skill sharing. She also writes a blog called Travelogue, where she interviews and introduces other artists and creative entrepreneurs, documents travel journeys, and shares her thoughts and ideas about creative topics.
Nikki was recently featured on Design*Sponge and is currently preparing for a new release of fine art globes. Her work is influenced by cartography, travel, and culture and is held by private collectors all around the world.
I am often enthralled by the people, places, and cultures foreign to my everyday surroundings. I began cultivating my voice as an artist by interpreting how I feel and see the world onto the canvas. Naturally I transitioned to using globes as a substrate for my paintings to further express my child-like curiosities and wanderlust spirit. Painting on a sphere has proven to be both a challenging and fun experience.
My process begins by priming the surface with gesso and then layering on a variety of mediums such as acrylic paint, spray paint, and gold leaf. I create intuitively allowing landforms and imagery to emerge organically—if at all. I will often add textures and details using the end of my paint brush or any other tools I can find, as I dance to music in my studio and let my mind wander to faraway places. My most recent work is a reflection of my desire to explore the world and my personal encounters abroad.
I am fairly new to the painting world but I have been creative for as long as I can remember. My body of work is growing and I am I learning so much about life through the process. When I get stuck I remind myself that things can always change in an instant. I want collectors to view my work as an experience and interact with subtleties that draw the eye and ask them to wander and explore as they naturally would as a child.