First off, tell us about yourself?
My name is Nicki Nysven and I live in Central California in a quaint town called Paso Robles.
How did you start your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?
I have always loved to draw and paint ever since I was a kid. I didn’t realize my passion would turn into a purpose until recently. On my journey having two children who’s lives, our lives, have been highly affected by chronic illnesses (Lyme disease & Co-infections) I turned to art as a form of therapy. I had to change my mindset. Life sucks ass sometimes, but it’s all about how you choose to handle it. My daughter has been sick with a chronic disease (Lyme Disease) for most of her life and the last 3 1/2 years it has taken her childhood completely away from her. And then my son falls ill to a co-infection of Lyme and his life changed dramatically. Well, it took me a little while into our journey to figure out that if I don’t change my mindset I would either fall into a deep depression or lose my mind, because watching your child go through this you feel so helpless and ask “why us, why my kids?”. But, I had to dig deep to figure out how to remain strong for my children, to fight for them to get well. That’s when I realized I needed to change my mindset. Instead of focusing on all the negatives I needed to find the positives amongst them.
I started turning the negatives into positives. I can’t control what tomorrow will bring, but I can control my choice on how to handle it. So, amongst finding the positive ways to change one way was to use art. It was like therapy to me and one day I decided to post some of my pieces up on Instagram. Instagram was my positive place to post what makes me happy and art made me happy. I then started to have people express their interest in my art and share how they really liked it and wanted it. I was having so much fun painting for people and friends as they started asking me more and more to paint for them. I then decided I need to get a logo, apply for a city business license and let it happen organically. So that I did and now Nicki Lenore is officially a business.
What do you love most about your art business?
Each piece I create is carefully thought out and made from my heart and most important, I am having so much fun. I guess you can say that art has saved me in a way and I did not realize that until now as I write this bio. Art lead me to meeting Caroline Matthews, the creator of the Luxe magazine, and all the incredible people who’ve been a huge support to me along the way. Lyme disease started this journey, which was so dark at times, but my art was the positivity in my life that helped shed light through all the negativity. So here I am writing this still in awe that my paintings have a purpose now, in so many ways. Our Lyme journey is not over, and will never be over….but at least this is a HUGE positive that has come out of a HUGE negative
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I really had no inspiration to paint, I’ve always loved to. It was when my children were diagnosed with chronic illnesses when I turned to art as a form of therapy.
Outside of your art what else do you enjoy doing?
Outside of art I love spending time with my family, working out or going on hikes. I also am an advocate spreading Lyme Disease Awareness. I am a contributor for a campaign called Lyme Disease Challenge.
URL of your shop
I have been given an amazing opportunity to have my paintings a beautiful high end boutique here in my home town called Ambiance. Lucy Huffman, Ambiance Paso Robles Manager, took immediate interest in my artwork and has given me this amazing opportunity and I am so grateful and super excited to see where this journey continues to lead me.
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