July - September, 2018: A selection of my artwork is now available for the summer season at Evrgreen, a charming coffee shop in the townsite of Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park!

Representation: I am honoured to have my work represented by these well-respected professional galleries:
Darrell Bell Gallery located in the Canada Building in downtown Saskatoon
Assiniboia Gallery in Regina, 2266 Smith Street- a vibrant, bustling part of town.

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

Friday, April 30, 2010

Rick the Model

graphite on paper

The other day I ran down to the art supply store to get a tube of paint and a few canvases (I have my first official commission for 3 - 7x7 paintings!). Depending where I park I have to walk past one of our city's commercial galleries, Rouge Gallery, to get to the store and on this day that is exactly what happened. I decided to stop in really quick even though I was dressed in my painting clothes and definitely not looking like I had money to spend on any of the art in the place. As it turned out I am so glad I did because the featured show was by an artist named Rick Pilling. Eleven years ago when I began taking the odd drawing class he was one of our models! At the time he was a Fine Art student and began to pose for studio classes, likely to make a bit of extra income, but also to understand what it required to be a model... and yes, he was nude which made this all very admirable in my eyes. He did a great job for us and really seemed like a great guy. Since then he has obtained both a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts and his work has taken off. I am thrilled for him and the success he has found. Please click on his name above to see his work at the Rouge Gallery. Take note that in his portfolio there is a beautiful portrait of Degen Lindner who is also represented by Rouge Gallery and who has been a mentor to me. 

I found this unfinished sketch of him from a night class when he was our model... a decade ago!

As a side note, my dear Sammy turned eight today! I can't believe it. In another eight years he will be driving!


Artist said...

love the way you drew his hair!

suzanneberry said...

Nicki, this is an outstanding drawing! The placement and sections of dark and light are perfect. And the story was so inspiring, thank you. i'm off to check Rick's work.

Pierre Raby said...

Beautiful drawing Nicki!

Jendra Berri said...

Rick the model looks pretty sexy.

jdr said...

I recall those classes! I have many drawings of him, too (I was so shy I focused a lot on hands and feet, I think!). Someday I know I will be able to walk into that gallery (and many others) and view your paintings ... I just know it.
It was fun seeing Sammy so excited yesterday and I am glad you had a good family night. We have two housebound-and-starting-to-get-cabin-fever pups here ... I wish the rain would stop!
Love you!

Nicki said...

Hi Artist,

Thanks for stopping by! Glad you like it.


Suzanne, thanks! That means a lot coming from someone who is so good at drawing. Much appreciated and I hope you liked looking at Rick's work,

Hi Pierre,

Nice to hear from you and thanks! I LOVE the current piece on your blog.


Hi Jendra,



Hi JJ,

Oh those were the days my friend! I'm not sure I'm a fit for the uptightness (word?) of that place, but I'll keep plugging along and see what happens.

Sammy was on fire- so happy and proud of now being eight. Too cute.

XO Nicki