Today we’d like to introduce you to Ari Nichole.
Ari, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My story begins in a small suburb of Chicago. From a young age I loved being creative – always drawing, painting, sculpting, making jewelry, you get the picture.
The tiny town I lived in didn’t have a lot going on, so I spent a good amount of my time smoking pot, sneaking out, and creating aimlessly. I was 15 when my parents split, and mom moved to Florida – drawing and painting became more therapeutic than anything, including actual therapy.
During my last two years of high school, I attended a vocational school and graduated with my cosmetology license at the age of 18. My mom and older sister did hair and makeup so it was something I always knew how to do and it was something that would still allow me to be creative.
After graduating, I lived in Florida for six months before finally moving to Los Angeles. I worked out of a salon and did freelance work for the first few years of living here before realizing that I actually wanted to be pursuing a career as an artist.
Currently, I live in Los Feliz with my cat, boyfriend, and an unhealthy amount of art supplies.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I primarily draw with a variety of detailed ink pens or paint using watercolor, oil, or sometimes acrylic. What I create at the particular moment largely has to deal with what kind of mood I’m in. I live with depression and anxiety, and it’s definitely had an influence on my work. My experience growing up with it shaped certain aspects of how I view human emotion, and I try to translate it into my art. Eyes make up a lot of my work because to me they’re the most honest depiction of that. Other pieces more recently created and in the works have been inspired by powerful women, survivors, and activists from both the past and present.
At the end of the day, I don’t really have a goal on how I’d like people to perceive my art – I think one of the best things about art is that it can speak differently to everybody.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Put yourself in creative environments, and the people will follow. Flea markets, workshops, and smaller capacity art shows are great ways to get to know other artists a bit more intimately. I’m very lucky to also work at a tattoo shop where I’ve had the opportunity to befriend and learn from some really great artists, which I feel has been tremendously beneficial to my own growth as an artist.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The best way to view my work is on Instagram @arinicholeartistry. Obviously buying my originals or ordering commissions are a great way to support me, however, even doing things like sharing my images (with credit) on social media or with friends are also very appreciated.
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