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Sunflower Breezes, I’m breathless…

December 24th, 2013 by Nikki Smith

Sunflower Breezes, copyright Nikki Smith

Sunflower Breezes, Copyright by Nikki Smith, All Rights Reserved. (Fine art prints here.)
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This sunflower has me breathless. Blowing in the wind, a delicate and determined spirit, I can almost feel the warm breeze and smell the scent of sunflowers in the air….

Continuing my collaboration with wildflower photographer Steven Schwartzman: his photographic portrait of a sunflower in the wind (with permission) inspired this piece.  If you fall in love, both the original photograph and the artistic rendition are available as fine art prints.  I hope you enjoy the fruits of this collaboration as much as I do!  Happy Holidays, everyone!

Silverpuff Dandelion Wishes

December 14th, 2013 by Nikki Smith

Silverpuff Dandelion Wish, copyright Nikki Smith (prints available)
Silverpuff Dandelion Wish, Copyright by Nikki Smith, All Rights Reserved. (Fine art prints here.)
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Do you remember the childhood magic of blowing dandelion puffs and making a wish? I suspect my mother would secretly cringe at the thought of more dandelions springing up in our yard. It was pure bliss for me, however; a few moments full of peace and wonder as the seeds drifted away on the wind and the sunshine warmed my skin. I was delighted to be able to recapture that feeling in this artwork, part of my collaboration with wildflower photographer Steven Schwartzman. You can see his original photo which inspired this artwork below:

Silverpuff Seed Head copyright Steven Scwartzman
Silverpuff Seed Head, Copyright by Steven Scwartzman, All Rights Reserved. (Fine art prints here.)

Both the original photograph and my artistic interpretation are available as fine art prints by clicking on the images above. Or as a custom phone cover, too, if you are like my good friend who snapped one up as a Christmas present the moment I posted it to Facebook yesterday!


Speaking of which, I’ve finally joined the rest of the civilized world and now own a smart phone for the very first time. It arrived yesterday (yay!) and I’m still learning how to use it. I can’t wait to personalize it with a custom phone case and artwork that reflects my personality.  Now I just have to decide which artwork to choose.  Wish me luck!  🙂

Electric Firewheel Flower Artwork

December 13th, 2013 by Nikki Smith

What happens when you mix two talented artists with unique visions?  Pure MAGIC.

Electric Firewheel by Nikki Smith
Electric Firewheel Artwork, Copyright by Nikki Smith, All Rights Reserved. (Fine art prints here.)
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With an electric vibe, this firewheel flower comes to life in vivid technicolor and neon lights. Springing from the name “firewheel” I envisioned a flower made of fire with electricity coursing through the very fiber of the petals. The hot pinks, reds and yellows give this artwork an energy that almosts bursts off the canvas. There is a sense of motion, fire and flames, of charged energy and the spark of creation.

I’m thrilled to collaborate with renowned wildflower photographer Steven Schwartzman on this project. His photographic portrait of a firewheel flower, also known as an Indian blanket and by the scientific name Gaillardia pulchella, inspired this piece. You can see the original photograph (used with permission) that inspired this artwork below:

Firewheel by Steven Schwartman
Firewheel, Copyright by Steven Schwartzman, All Rights Reserved. (Fine art prints here.)

Read more about this wildflower on Steven’s blog post about the firewheel here.

Steven and I will be collaborating on more floral artwork soon, so stay tuned to see how one photographer’s stunning wildflower portraits inspire another artist’s abstract flower fine artwork.

About the Photographer:
Steven Schwartzman has been involved with photography since the late 1960s, and specializing in wildflower portraiture since 1999. Over the last decade his photographs have appeared in various magazines, particularly Wildflower and Texas Highways. He maintains a daily nature photography blog at:

Fine art prints of Steven Schwartzman’s photography may be purchased here:

About the Artist:
Nikki Smith believes that artwork has the power to move and inspire; to change the way we see the world. Winner of the FAA Artistic Merit “Tony” Award for art in 2013, her artwork has been featured in numerous publications including Cloth Paper Scissors, PAGES, Somerset Digital Studio and The Houston Chronicle. Keep up with her latest adventures in art via social media or on her blog at:

Fine art prints of Nikki Smith’s artwork are available here:

Pink Lotus Flower artwork … and an upcoming collaboration!

December 9th, 2013 by Nikki Smith

Pink Lotus Flower Abstract Artwork, copyright Nikki Smith; fine art prints available.

I was in the mood to create something beautiful and feminine recently, and this pink lotus flower artwork is what emerged.  To me it is both delicate and bold, warm and inviting with a barely contained energy and such an uplifting feel to it.

This was such a fun piece of artwork to create that I wanted to expand the series.  I am thrilled to announce that renowned flower photographer Steven Schwartzman has agreed to allow me to turn a few of his amazing flower portraits into works of art.  His photographs are works of art in their own right, too!  I can’t wait to put my own artistic spin on his wildflowers and see what happens.  As I complete each piece, I’ll post the finished artwork along with the inspiring wildflower photograph here so you can follow along on this unique artistic collaboration.  Stay tuned!

P.S.  I also learn something every time I create a new piece.  Did you know that in Buddhist symbolism, the lotus represents purity of the body, speech, and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire?  Now you do!  🙂 

P.P.S.  If you fall in love with this artwork, fine art prints are available.  I think it would look perfect in a little girl’s room!  (My own daughter prefers Pokemon at the moment – lol!)