I hope you had a lovely restful weekend.
Last month, I discovered the work of artist Niki Arden and today’s post features her beautiful floral paintings. I absolutely love the endless fields of colourful tulips and the bright colours that she uses.
Niki had recently been commissioned by British florist Jane Packer to produce a collection of paintings to be exhibited and sold in her New York florist shop on the Upper East Side.
Niki very kindly answered a few questions for me :
When did you start painting and where are you based?
As a child I was often to be found creating or sketching something or other and I really got into painting during my final years of school.
I didn’t pursue it as a career however, until I moved to New York and was unable to continue working as a physiotherapist.
I picked up my paint brush more as a hobby and to create gifts for friends and it has just taken off from there! Honestly, it’s been one of the best things to happen as a result of moving to the US. I am still based in Manhattan and work from my studio in our apartment.
Where do you get your floral inspiration for your paintings?
I’m not quite sure why, but I’ve always wanted to paint flowers. I think it’s probably down to my love of bold, vivid colours and patterns which are found in such abundance in flowers.
I am a little in awe of the fact that flowers, which are so delicate and intricately detailed are created in such variety by mother nature.
Mostly, I paint from photographs as I tend to work on several paintings at once over a number of weeks and obviously fresh cut flowers can change state very quickly. I also sometimes work completely from my imagination depending on my mood and the nature of the painting.
What are your plans for 2011?
I have several projects on the go, some floral, some not, so for the mean time I’m pretty busy. It is still very early days as far as my artistic career is concerned so I am just trying to get my work out and about in the public eye a little more and am happy to see what projects come my way.
Do you have a favourite flower?
It’s impossible to pick just one but I’m rather partial to peonies which seem to be everywhere at this time of year and are actually next on my list to paint.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Niki’s paintings today. If you’d like to keep up-to-date with her news, please take a look at her blog.
(Images : Niki Arden)