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Conversations with Nikita Coulombe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikita Coulombe.  

Hi Nikita, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Painting has always been a fun challenge. Ever since I was young, I have been making art, but, like many artists, I took a few detours and had some interesting life experiences before deciding that this was what I really needed and wanted to do. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Starting a business is hard and starting an art business comes with its own unique set of challenges. One of the biggest challenges initially is getting exposure. A good metaphor is the tree falling in the forest. If you make a painting and nobody sees it, did it happen? You have to get out there and hustle, both in-person and online, which may or may not come naturally to you. Building relationships and creating consistently good work takes time, which takes patience. You also have to be patient with your own creative process. Sometimes, you have to have the courage to throw something out even though it’s taken hundreds of hours. You kind of have to find a balance between encouraging yourself to play and experiment and being ruthless with your work. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I make abstract paintings and realistic wildlife paintings. My abstract paintings are quite varied while my wildlife paintings have a certain richness and intensity to them. I think every artist offers something unique just like every person offers something unique, and how that gets expressed will resonate or not depending on whether or not it aligns with the viewer’s own temperament. So much of art is about energy. The feeling you have while making it and the feeling that others have while being in its presence. 

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Creating makes me happy because it’s very self-regulating. Giving makes me happy because love flows in the direction of giving. Feeling like I understand a truth makes me happy because I don’t feel lost. 

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