Hello. I’m a collage artist. I live and work in Westchester County in the NY Metro area. I love paper and wrote My Life is About Glue. I want to get things to stick together and stay connected.
An artist friend introduced me to collage more than 25 years ago and now my studio practice is painting and painted paper collage. She showed me how she worked with ordinary magazine papers and I discovered I love working with papers. It’s about touch. Paper is tactile and collage is about touch. I have a mission to share and promote the art of collage with the broadest possible audience.
My photo (above) was taken at a reception recently at Upstream Gallery in Hastings on Hudson, NY. I exhibit my work at that gallery.
See my new collage paintings in a series titled CURVY GEOMETRIC. The works are abstract, and I am channeling positive female energy.
If you enjoy reading my posts, I hope you will add your comments. My goal is to create information and interest in contemporary collage and promote the history (herstory) of women who are important collage artists.
If you are tempted, take one of my collage workshops, open to all levels, beginner to advanced. See my videos (http://www.nikkalcom/archives/category/video) about PAINTING PAPERS, REVERSE DRAWING and putting it all together with COLLAGE.
I get a lot of positive feedback from students who take my classes. One student wrote: I love painting papers and loved mixing the colors and media and aiming for interesting painted papers. See my videos about painting papers and collage at nikkal.com.
15 thoughts on “About Me”
Enjoyed reading your blog… looking forward to your sharing about collage… Really benefitted from the info on the O’Keeffe Dove exhibit. I am really getting into O’Keeffe just now, but can totally see why you are more drawn to Dove. There is a familiarity / relationship — I think — between your work and his….
So glad you started your blog… Will add you to my blog roll so I can keep up.
You talked about serendipity on a recent blog – you were traveling and looking for something and found something else wonderful as well! Bravo Serendipity. I enjoy reading your blogs. My next blog will be titled connections and talk about things I learned from students at 3 recent mini collage workshops that I led at the Newark Museum. I’m writing it now, and the blog is due out soon. I will add you to my blog roll also.
BTW: I commend your taking WordPress on. Really like the look here better, but find the system a bit harder to learn that Blogger — which I am totally tried of dealing with all it’s little bugs…
Bravo to you. First time out, with WordPress too! Great job!!
WordPress is user friendly. Thanks for the compliments on the Serendipity museums recommendation post. Sorry you’ve had tech problems and bugs with your blog.
Rosalind: I finally wrote about connections and my workshops. I included comments on the narrative portrait workshop I just did for your class at Bloomfield College, with a link to your PAPERGIRL blog and 2 images from the students. The blog post is at: https://artofcollage.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/let-me-do-it-my-way/ – I think you have a great group of students at Bloomfield College. It was a pleasure to work with them.
Impressive information sharing and community building, A real generosity of spirit.
Thank you Andy
Do u do workshops in NYC?
I am a beginner and am just tooling around with photos, paper scraps and construction paper.
I don’t do workshops in NYC. I teach at the Pelham Art Center in Pelham. It’s a short train ride via Metro North from Grand Central Terminal and a quick walk from the train station. My classes are Monday nights and are open to all skill levels. Let me know if you are interested.
Hi Ann, I have a studio in New Rochelle and teach at the Pelham Art Center, both easy to reach by car or Metro North. Send me email: email@example.com. Thanks.
Love your colours and fantasy. I make collage on oil painting on canvas. I wonder: can I use any varnish to finish and protect the whole work? To make the paper integrate more with the painting? Thank you, love, anna
Please tell me what collage media you use on your oil paintings on canvas. Send me email: firstname.lastname@example.org
just read a bit about Anne Ryan. Really impressive art and artist. Must be some relation between Lee Krasner and Anne Ryan?
All the best, Drager Meurtant
I am not sure they knew each other personally, but it’s possible. They probably exhibited in the same arena. Anne Ryan was much older than Lee Krasner.
Current times appear more demanding than recent history. Cecil Touchon opened ‘book on quarantine project’ on Collage Poetry, The Cut and Paste Poets. Good to see how other artists manage… The “united” SA still under heavy burden of the big C. Here 2nd surge expected. In 10-15 years we will know how art responds to the many threats to society.
Stay healthy…, regards, Drager