Meet The Face Behind

CATHY NICHOLS ART

A BRIKA maker story

Cathy Nichols

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
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“I am inspired by literature, poetry, children’s books, music and the way that the world looks different in various lights.”

“I love it when I catch a glimpse of light bending around a ferris wheel, see a new shade of pink at sunrise, or catch a friend’s eye with a giggle across a crowded room. It reminds me that there are cracks in the world where magic gets through.”


“I think I am always moved by the idea of transformation – when things change from one element into another: noun to adjective, child to adult, solid wax into melted color– because this blur between states gets at what it means to be alive.”


“I love it when I catch a glimpse of light bending around a ferris wheel, see a new shade of pink at sunrise, or catch a friend’s eye with a giggle across a crowded room. It reminds me that there are cracks in the world where magic gets through.”


One afternoon, Cathy Nichols threw away her law school applications, bought some acrylic paint and started working on a 4x4 foot canvas in her living room. On the advice of her mother (who advised that the best way to start a career was to "give yourself a title"), she printed up business cards that said: “Cathy Nichols, Artist,” and started handing them out at parties in Los Angeles, effectively launching her career as a painter.



What inspires you?

Literature, poetry, children’s books, music and the way that the world looks different in various lights inspire me.  I think I am always moved by the idea of transformation – when things change from one element into another: noun to adjective, child to adult, solid wax into melted color– because this blur between states gets at what it means to be alive.

Tell us about a challenge you’ve had to overcome as an artist.

Three years ago, I became a newly single mom of two young children. I felt I needed a steady paycheck and decided to take a job in a hospital. I never considered giving up my artwork, but I did wonder how I would find time to paint while also working full-time and commuting each day. There were simply so few hours in the day to actually create.  Yet, I woke up while it was still dark and painted for an hour before dawn. Then, every other weekend, I would paint non-stop while the children were with their father.  It was a grueling schedule, yet it sped up my creative process.  I found that I didn’t have time to second-guess my intuition. If I had an idea for a painting, I needed to paint it right away. I began to live the saying “leap and the net will appear,” and while I eventually did quit my day job, I never gave up the lessons I learned from painting at night.


“I began to live the saying “leap and the net will appear,” and while I eventually quit my day job, I never gave up the lessons I learned from painting at night.”
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