Nicole Whittaker Art
My name is Nicole Whittaker and I currently live and work in Brisbane.
I create Abstract impressionist digital oil paintings, with Correl Painter Essentials 5.
My paintings don't always reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By applying abstraction, I try to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.
My work urge us to renegotiate painting as being part of a reactive or – at times – autistic medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our contemporary society.
By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, I create intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
This results in the fact that the viewer can easily imagine their own interpretation without being hindered by outside Biases.
How long have you been creating your art?
I've been creating as more than a hobby since 2000, however I've always been creating and have been drawing and painting since I was a little girl.
My entire lineage is full of creative people from poets, artists, playwrights, and even musicians. So I guess my creativity was just inevitable.
How did you get started?
I actually got my start from winning second prize in my first art competition. After that success I found out that art could be sold on eBay and started successfully selling my art there.
What is your greatest inspiration?
I am inspired by the beauty the past great artists saw in the world. Also the desire to show my young son that he doesn't have to do the same as everyone else in order to be successful in the world, especially if his soul calls him to do something different.
What is the greatest challenge to owning and operating your own business?
The greatest challenge is simply having to courage to try and continue to try, even though it may seem that nothing is working because it takes time for any business to be even a tiny bit successful.
What is the best thing about owning your own creative business?
The best thing is being able to show my son that a person can succeed following their own heart and being able to stay home and be here for him after school, school holidays and not have to worry what an employer will say if I need time to take care of my child.