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Artwork on the cover of Flair Magazine!

February 21st, 2014 by Nikki Smith

I am soooo excited to share this news! My artwork is on the cover of Flair Magazine!
Flair Magazine Spring/Summe 2014This Spring/Summer 2014 issue is devoted to music, and I am thrilled that my Music Lovers’ series of artwork is featured! Julie LaFargue Giles interviewed me for the article and we talked about my artistic journey and how music inspires my artwork. If you are local to the Brazos Valley or surrounding communities, you can pick up a copy of the magazine at many local establishments (it will be delivered over the next few days).  The cover artwork is “Sweet Jenny Bursting with Music” and the back cover features “Guitar Siren.”  There are several other music fine art pieces from this series in the magazine, too.

Artwork from my Music Lovers’ series will be on display at First Fridays in Bryan, Texas later this summer (details to be announced soon).  If you would like to be informed of the gallery show opening, please sign-up for my newsletter and I’ll keep you posted.  No spam (I promise), just amazing art and a bit of personality.  🙂

To check out the complete series or to purchase artwork featured in the magazine, head over to the gallery for my Music Lovers’ artwork series where you will find these images plus many more.  Fine art prints are available on canvas, specialty fine art papers, acrylic, and metal in sizes up to 45″ x 60″.

If you would like to commission a one-of-a-kind, exclusive portrait, just get in touch with me.  And if you love art and music as much as I do, we really should connect!  You can connect with me on Google Plus, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, About.Me and, of course, in person.  I love meeting fellow art and music enthusiasts!

(Pardon me while I do a little happy dance!)

Interview by the Houston Chronicle

August 22nd, 2013 by Nikki Smith

After receiving the FAA Artistic Merit “Tony” Award earlier this summer, I was contacted for an interview by Megan Mattingly-Arthur, writer for the Houston Chronicle. The full-page interview was published yesterday in Houston Chronicle’s “Faces in the Crowd” special feature. You can read the full article online here.

Houston Chronicle interview, 08/21/13 (preview)

The artwork featured at the top of the article is “Sweet Jenny Bursting with Music” (below) with fine art prints available here. This is one of my favorite pieces!

Also mentioned in the article is my award winning “Guitar Siren” (below) with fine art prints available here.

Finally, my “Wee Planet” photography of downtown Bryan (below; fine art prints here) was the photo that first launched me on this path and led me to consider myself seriously as an artist.

Looking back, it is amazing to see just how much my artwork has grown over the years.

I’m walking on sunshine this morning! 😀 I’m also really craving some art studio time so I can get busy and create some new artwork!

FAA Tony Award winner for art!

July 4th, 2013 by Nikki Smith

I have some exciting news to share!  I recently received the FAA Artistic Merit Award (fondly referred to as the FAA “Tony Award”) for my artwork and contributions to the arts community.

FAA Artistic Merit Award, aka the "Tony Award", winner Nikki SmithArtist Nikki Smith, FAA Artistic Merit Award winner, 2013
(a.k.a. the “Tony” Award)

This award recognizes artists in FineArtAmerica.com, an online artists community with 170,000+ artists and a growing collection of over 5 million pieces of artwork.  Since its inception in 2008, the FAA Artistic Merit Award (fondly known as the “Tony” Award after its creator, artist Tony Murray) has traveled from the United States through Canada, Mexico, Australia, Norway, the United Kingdom and many places in between.

I was nominated by fellow artist and award-winning nature photographer, Christina Rollo.  In her nomination she stated: “Nikki’s music series is highly creative, positively upbeat and artistic, with her own unique style. I continue to be inspired by Nikki’s work and I enjoy her warm friendly personality. It’s easy to see that all of her artful creations are an extension of herself.”

You can read the full announcement of my award here.

Here is the list of all recipients of the FAA Artistic Merit Award (a.k.a. the “Tony Award”).

Below are a few samples of my artwork that led to my winning this award:

Can You Hear Me Now
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Music In My SoulOn Tippie ToesGuitar SirenMy Guitar Can Sing

Nikki Smith signing the FAA "Tony" Award for art


The award travels from artist to artist, with each recipient engraving their name on the sculpture.  I wasn’t quite sure how to go about signing my name in metal as I’ve never done that before.  So, I had a little fun with it — you can see my thought process to the right.  🙂

I’m seriously pinching myself right now.  I have this amazing sculpture that I’m turning around in my hands, running my fingers over the engraved names of the artists who received this award in the past.  Now, my own name is engraved here, too.  It feels a bit like a dream, but the metal is cool against my skin and there is such a presence to this trophy and the artists it represents.  I cherish being a part of a such an amazingly creative and caring community. I’m truly honored and humbled to receive this award from my peers at Fine Art America, and to join this select group of very talented artists!

Artwork published! Cloth Paper Scissors Sept/Oct 2011 magazine

August 31st, 2011 by Nikki Smith

My “Wee Planet” photography and digital artwork of historic downtown Bryan, Texas has been published in the September / October 2011 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine!  I just received my copy in the mail this weekend.

The great thing about my Wee Planet series is that any direction can be “up” as the planet is rotated — it’s just a matter of your perspective and what catches your eye or your imagination.  It still surprised me a bit to see that someone’s “up” was my “sideways” when I saw it in print!  😉

I fell in love with wee planets as an art form last year and haven’t looked back since.  You can escape reality and imagine yourself exploring a little planet of your very own!  For this wee planet, I took advantage of waking up *way too early* with a toddler to go to historic downtown at the crack of dawn when the streets were quiet.  I love the old facades of these buildings!

If you would like to learn more about my creative process for Wee Planets, please stay tuned.  I have a “the making of” blog post planned!  UPDATE:  My Wee Planet tutorial is now available!