An artist from Chalfont St Giles, who channels her grief into art, is going from strength to strength after her work was exhibited by a new gallery.
Nikki Pearce, 51, is a trained artist, having studied painting at the Wimbledon College of Arts in the 1990s. Following the birth of her two children, Nikki’s time became preoccupied with parenting and an interior design office job.
When Nikki’s husband, Steve, whom she met at art school, died in 2019, she was left bereft and was supported by her dad, whom she describes as a “superstar”.
When Nikki’s dad suddenly passed away in May 2020, she was left to deal with the grief of losing the two great men in her life.
Nikki was also undergoing the stress of a house refurbishment, but it was when she moved back into her home that she rediscovered her joy of art.
She said: “Being back in the house gave me a base so that I could physically start painting again. This was the beginning of my journey of using art to process what I had been through.”
When artist, sculptor and owner of Hayden Art Gallery Tracey Hayden stumbled across Nikki’s work at a local art fair, she saw great potential.
Under Tracey’s mentorship, Nikki flourished to such a degree that Tracey decided, this October, to begin displaying Nikki’s work in the gallery in Marlow.
Nikki, whose work features striking florals, said: “I see the beauty in old, crusty and dying flowers. I never tire of them. I have a particular bunch which is two months old but I’m not ready to compost them yet – there’s always more to capture.”