Flora and Fauna, watercolor,14in h x 11in w
Nicole is a painter and graphic designer from Essex, Connecticut. Nicole’s lifelong passion for drawing and painting developed into a career as a graphic designer. After finishing her undergraduate degree in graphic design at Southern Connecticut State University, she started doing graphic design for her family’s business in Old Saybrook. For the past decade her primary creative outlet had been using a digital medium, and painting projects became less of a focus. In the early days of the pandemic, when everyone was adapting to life at home, she and a group of friends were inspired to start a weekly art challenge. Every week they would create work based on a different prompt and would share and provide feedback to one another. It was during that time she truly fell in love with watercolor and started to develop her style, finding a balance between her background as a designer and as an artist. She strives to create work with visually striking compositions with beautiful colors inspired by nature and things that bring her happiness.
Stark’s paintings are currently exhibited at Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, Connecticut.