"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
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 recently designed a travel accessories collection for Anthropologie and was featured on Design*Sponge. Her work is influenced by cartography, travel, 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.