My first website is up! www.nickiault.com

Representation: My work can be found at these professional galleries:
Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon, the Canada Building on 21st Street
Assiniboia Gallery in Regina, 2266 Smith Street
Webster Galleries in Calgary, Unit 2 625-77th Ave. SE

March 21, 2019: I was interviewed by Galleries West Magazine. Read the article here.

November 10, 2016: I was interviewed by Daily Paintworks as their Spotlight Artist for a week! Read my interview on the DPW News blog!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

A Dream View



A Dream View
12" x 12"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold (commission)
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This was an honour to paint. The sister of a dear, dear friend, who I have known and loved all the way back to elementary school and who was the MC at my wedding, contacted me about a Christmas gift for him. She wanted to give him and his partner a painting that featured the stunning view from their recently completed dream home. I haven't seen the house or view in person, so I was nervous about getting the elements right and making sure it was recognizable. Thankfully I have now received messages from them both and the painting was a hit 💖.

This is officially the first time I have attempted mountains and it was a fun challenge! I now look forward to visiting these long-time friends in Invermere someday and maybe bringing my paints along to explore this non-prairie landscape.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Welcome 2020!



"Be strong. Be proud. Be what you love."
I think this will be my motto for 2020.

My sister gave me this sparkly card for my birthday in August. Inside it reads "Be your passions. Be your beliefs. But most of all... be you. And this will be an amazing year."

A new year always feels exciting to me. I like January 1st a whole lot more than the grand finale of December 31st. I'm just ready to get on with it.

I have to say, 2019 was a good year for me in my little art world and I'm excited about my plans for this coming year. I hope to take more risks in my painting - I am worried I'm settling in a little too comfortably. I'm thinking about structuring my studio time differently... like setting aside one to two hours first thing in the morning to sketch, play, journal and experiment. Or perhaps it would be easier to set aside one full day each week for that. Not sure. I'll be flexible until a new schedule feels right.

On the flip-side of a great year in art, the personal side of life has been really sucky, so I definitely feel happy to close the door on 2019. Buh bye. Between my son's surgery and rehab earlier in the year and my own perfect storm of health troubles, 2019 was a rough go. Almost-constant pain, among many other things, tried hard to break my spirit. Slowly things are getting sorted, but most importantly whatever is going on doesn't appear to be one big scary thing but a bunch of small minor things all at once. We were also hit hard with news separate from this, but I won't say more out of respect for the privacy of those in my life.

All I can say is, THANK GOODNESS FOR ART! If you do not have a creative outlet in your life of any kind, do yourself a favour and discover one. Your overall well-being will thank you. Art makes me strong. It makes me proud. And it is definitely what I love.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Old Road, New Puddles

Old Road, New Puddles
10" x 10"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold

A lot has been said here in this little canvas: the texture of the grass, the distant water in the field, the overgrown road, the puddles in the ruts, the storm clouds that have just passed through. I hope it tells a story to you and, if it does, I would be curious to know, what is that story?

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Light of Lights

Light of Lights
20 x 20
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019

I just realized how long it has been since I wrote a blog post. 

Open Studio was a huge success! It was such a busy day, but I wasn't feeling well so it took the fun out of it for me. The bug I felt coming on that day actually didn't fully develop. I thought I dodged it until the evening of Black Friday six days later. Wham! It took me down hard and then I didn't leave my bed or couch for about nine days straight. If anyone needs any advice on small claims court issues, I can probably help since, for some reason when I was conscious, I got hooked on the People's Court. Ha!

I finally got to the studio the other day and got back to work on two commissions that must get done ASAP. I also worked on some new 8x8's for Darrell Bell Gallery (which have now been delivered) and as they were drying I worked on this new beauty.

I have been thinking a lot about life's difficulties: illnesses, relationship troubles, job losses, strained economies, political turmoil, etc. It can be overwhelming. I worry for my kids and what awaits them in our suffering world. The best I can do is try to be kind and compassionate and try to paint images that I feel are beautiful, hopeful and bring light.

That is what this painting is about. I would love your thoughts. Do you see the hope in it?

“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. 
Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.” 

Roy T. Bennett,
The Light in the Heart


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Lone Star

Lone Star
48 x 36"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Assiniboia Gallery

Big. Beautiful. Brand new!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Gentle Comes The Night

Gentle Comes The Night
30 x 40"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold at Assiniboia Gallery

Art Now Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair was such a great weekend for my art! Assiniboia Gallery swapped this painting out with the Waskesiu River that sold the night before at the gala opening. "Gentle Comes The Night" promptly sold later that morning!


Beautiful Storm

Beautiful Storm
36 x 36"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold at Assiniboia Gallery

Many challenges came my way with this one, but it finally got to a place where I could call it complete. I love the warm light in the clouds juxtaposed against the cool, stormy blues. This was the main painting I created for Art Now Saskatchewan Art Fair, but it pre-sold and therefore didn't make it into the show!


The Calmest Of Days

The Calmest Of Days
24 x 36"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2019
sold at Assiniboia Gallery

The light in this one really turned out well, the photo doesn't do it justice. This painting sold on opening night at Art Now Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair in September.



Saturday, November 9, 2019

Last Glisten

Last Glisten
8 x 8"
oil on panel
© Nicki Ault, 2019
available at Darrell Bell Gallery

It's hard to see in the photo, but there is a little shimmer of light on the dugout where the sun is about to go down.