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Nikki Marie Smith | Abstract /Vintage style painter

"I am an artist, a mother, and an entrepreneur. My artwork and tutorials are regularly featured in Cloth Paper Scissors and Cloth Paper Scissors Pages magazines. I am following my passions and creating art that I love for the sheer joy of it! I hope it resonates with you as well.
I believe music and art have the power to move and inspire; to change the way we see the world.
My award winning Music Lovers series combines my passions for music, art and self-expression in a signature style uniquely my own".

I've had so much fun creating this series, everything from brainstorming ideas, photography, and getting my hands dirty creating mixed-media backgrounds, textures and elements, to working with the digital techniques that bring it all together.
There are no shortcuts or magic buttons; each piece is built up layer by layer and stroke by stroke. I've been told (more than once) that you can hear the music when you look at the artwork in this series; I certainly do.
They are perfect for any music lover or musician!

FAA Artistic Merit Award (fondly referred to as the "Tony" Award for art), 2013.
This award honors artists in Fine Art America, a community of 170,000+ artists, and has traveled through many countries since its inception in 2008.
Finalist, "On the Street Where You Live" 2011 International competition sponsored by Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.