A mother of four and a grandmother of five, Nikki’s artistic training followed the traditional mentorship path. She attended workshops offered through professional associations like CARFAC and the Art Gallery of Regina. She was honoured to participate in a year-long CARFAC Mentorship Program with Iris Hauser funded by Saskatchewan Arts.
Nikki’s early works focused on family and the wonder of early childhood. Her full-time art practice started in 1995 under the name of Nikki’s Portraits of Childhood. She has created commissioned portraits for families across North America.
Between 2011 – 2013, Nikki was a paid Guest Artist in Residence in Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan. As Artist in Residence, Nikki was responsible for six weeks of each year to hike, paint the trails, and lead art classes for visitors to the park. This experience influenced her business and painting direction and she began painting the landscape she loved both on canvas and on copper plate.
The highlight in Nikki’s career was speaking at Art Now 2019 on ‘Travel with Cultural Connections’ featuring her international painting tours with her art students to France, Cuba and Cypress Hills.