Collage artist Nikki Strahota works with paper, layering it to make a thick foundation of rich colors and textures on which she builds her art. The colors of the paper are merged into swirls and splashes that connect with viewers on an intuitive level. In some cases she uses inks or water based paints to enhance the paper color and structure vibrant images. Complex findings affixed to the paper make her 2-D collage pop in an almost sculptural manner. Most of her work is custom framed. Whenever possible she uses wood indigenous of the area. Many of her fames are reclaimed wood of trees felled during hurricanes Ivan and Dennis.
In addition to her collage work, Nikki also crafts one of a kind jewelry pieces. Her jewelry designs reflect a charming sense of refinement that fit nicely in both elegant and casual settings.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Nikki gives credit to the lush environs of her home state of Oregon that influence the rich textures, organic patterns and flourishing colors signature in her work.
Her work can be found on all levels of the gallery. Jewelry: J2W main floor, Prints: bin 25 mezzanine, 2-D: 3rd floor, Suite A-4
Nikki also serves on the Board of Directors for Quayside Gallery.