In July of 2014, I moved myself and my family from New York to Asheville, NC in order to support myself as a full-time artist. This blog is a chronicle of my journey as it unfolds.
Before moving to New York and then Asheville, my career as "Cathy Nichols, Artist" began when I pinned up Ghandi's quote, "become the change you seek from the world" next to a 4x4 foot canvas and tore up my applications to law school.
I had tried many "legitimate" professions -- scholar, teacher, PR professional -- before staring down that blank canvas in my living room. Yet I was still the same girl in the back of math class staring out the window daydreaming. Try as I may, I could not turn my eyes back to the lesson plan. So I gave myself a blank canvas and permission to fill it up with what I really wanted to see.
Since then, my paintings have become a place for me to restore the sense of wonder, love and freedom, I remembered from childhood. They are a place to daydream, and a space left open for magic. I like to use all kinds of “non-regulation” stuff in my paintings: fire-tempting beeswax cooked on a hotplate, torn paper, melted oil sticks and song lyrics. Growing up, my grandmother called me her "Sunshine Girl," and maybe this is why I can also never resist sprinkling in a few sun-catching rhinestones at the last minute. Plus, let’s face it, glitter is fun.
Over the years, I have sustained my commitment to the artist's life through various part and sometimes full-time jobs. You can learn more about me on my website www.cathynichols.com, buy paintings at www.cathynichols.etsy.com or handbags with my artwork on them in the Sherpani Elements line at www.sherpani.com.