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Meet Nichole McDaniel | Artist

Today we’re excited to introduce you to Nichole McDaniel. Nichole is an Artist and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Nichole below.

Hi Nichole, so great to have you join us again. For folks who might have missed our earlier conversations, can you please take a minute to briefly introduce yourself?
My name is Nichole McDaniel. I am a mixed media artist located in south Orange County, California. Originally from Indiana, I have enjoyed the beautiful beaches and weather in southern California for the last fifteen years. I love experimenting with art and pushing myself to learn new things as an outlet for my creative nature. I have worked in a variety of mediums and completed numerous series, most of which involve a process-oriented approach. Particularly, the use of intricate stenciling. It is not uncommon for me to spend sixty or more hours cutting out pieces by hand in order to achieve the work I desire.

How has your artistic style changed in the last 12 months?
2020 was an interesting year for me as it was for so many. Like many artists throughout the pandemic, I encountered difficulties painting on a regular basis like I had in the past. At the beginning of the stay at home order, when it seemed as if the world was shutting down, I turned to photography as my creative outlet. I began to walk on a daily basis for exercise and I would bring my camera. Due to the fact that we were supposed to stay close to home, I enjoyed the challenge of shooting the small things I found interesting near my home (and of course there were a few flower photos thrown in due to it being spring). I did this for several months and it provided me not only with fresh air, but a chance to literally look through the lens from a different perspective. That being said, I created some beautiful pieces and a couple of murals in 2020. Murals excite me, along with the challenge and time they take to perfect. Last year, I had a solo show at Gabba Gallery called “Daydreaming” showcasing my cloud and skywriting paintings. I loved the overall happy and light-hearted feel of the show and enjoyed painting the clouds. I decided this was the energy that we needed after such a dark year. Going into 2021, I needed a fresh start. Some of my past works have included large, statement pieces. Large pieces involve a deeper commitment and can prove to be overwhelming when one is attempting to paint on a consistent basis. To combat this, I decided to challenge myself and commit to painting everyday. I came up with the idea of a mini cloud series of 6”x6” paintings. Clouds provide positive energy and require a fluid approach, more so than what I am used to. This was the creation of pieces that are bright and vibrant. The sky provides a harmonic balance of emotion, color, and diversity. I have always been drawn to nature. Originally being from the Midwest, I didn’t have access to the beautiful beaches that we have in southern California. In the Midwest, it was not uncommon to witness puffy, cloudy days and colorful sunsets along the horizon. The colors of any paintbrush can be seen in the sky at some point. Whether it is a pastel dawn, a blue-sky afternoon, an evening storm, or the black of night.

What recent challenges if any have you had to face as an artist?
Like a number of industries, I have been forced to adapt as an artist. With all of the galleries, museums, and events closed, it was time to adjust. I really enjoy communicating with people, one on one, at events such as Art Walk in Laguna Beach or at a solo show like the one at Gabba Gallery in Los Angeles. There is an excitement to explaining the stories and the process behind my art that allows the viewer to connect on a much deeper level. I love that I am able to show my work in person at art galleries. From the passerby to the most discerning of collectors, the impact of a work of art is felt at its greatest level when viewed in person. In March of 2020, my friend and fellow artist, Brooke Harker, shared a video asking for artists to join her by posting a video of their respective pieces of art each Saturday night, called Saturday Night Live Art Shows. When I first heard of this, my immediate response was that it was outside of my wheelhouse. I feel that I excel when discussing my artwork one on one, in a more intimate setting. Discussing my art in a video for many to see and posting it to social media is something entirely different. As artists, we put ourselves out there for all to see by showcasing our work and discussing why we created our pieces. Fellow artists Sheryl Benjy and Joan Marie started to join in consistently to display their work on Saturday Night Live Art Shows. The four of us eventually decided to join forces and become co-hosts, managing the social media pages for Saturday Night Live Art Shows as we continue to connect the art community. Our mission is to share the positive inspiration of art from around the world. During the past year we have had over sixty artists join us from across the globe. The friendships that I have gained from these shows (particularly with Brooke, Sheryl, and Joan Marie) hold a very special place in my heart as we have embarked on this journey together, as artists.

Can you tell us about your most recent pieces or upcoming works?
This year, true to my promise to paint every day, I have painted over 40 pieces. They are available on my website www.nicholemcdaniel.com. I am starting an 8”x8” series which will soon be released at art galleries throughout southern California. In the present moment, I want to create and promote positive energy into this world. I think now is the time for the beautiful sunset after the storm.

Where can our audience purchase or view this collection?
In southern California, my work is available to be viewed in person at The La Jolla Gallery ~ La Jolla, CA; Lu Martin Galleries ~ Laguna Beach, CA; Artspace Warehouse ~ Los Angeles, CA; Gabba Gallery ~ Los Angeles, CA; My Online Website/Shop~ www.nicholemcdaniel.com Online Galleries ~ https://www.wescover.com/creator/nichole-mcdaniel https://www.saatchiart.com/nicholemcdaniel

It was so great to reconnect. One last question – how can our readers connect with you, learn more or support you?
I’m always looking for opportunities to collaborate and partner with designers, brands, and events for various art projects and/or murals. Check out my website for available artwork or to discuss details on a custom commission piece. Let’s make your vision come to life!
Website ~ www.nicholemcdaniel.com
Instagram~ @artistnicholemcdaniel ~ https://www.instagram.com/artistnicholemcdaniel/
Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/nicholemcdanielart/
Thank You! 🙂

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Interior shots – Artplacer

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