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!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Embrace Life - An Anniversary of Sorts

"Embrace Life-
always wear your seat belt"

Today is a significant day for me as an artist and also for my family. It marks two things: 1) the one year anniversary of the opening of my first gallery show which was a dream come true and 2) the one year anniversary of the traumatic car accident that was a nightmare come true.

I wanted to share this beautiful and powerful commercial with anyone that may come across my blog with the hopes that it will reinforce the importance of wearing your seat belt. If you have children please make sure they are in the proper car seats/ boosters for their size, weight and age. Doing so is your best defense if you are ever in an accident. While it doesn't guarantee a positive outcome it certainly increases the odds. In our case, wearing seat belts prevented a traumatic experience from being devastating. My head can't even go there to imagine the injuries, or worse, if we weren't wearing them.

Embrace life, it can change in an instant.



Linda Popple said...

What a horrible experience for you and your family. Thankfully, everyone came our of it with no major physical injuries. I can't even imagine what it did emotionally. This is certainly a good reminder to wear seatbelts! Thanks for sharing.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Nicki,

Frighteningly great ad. So sorry you went through that awful accident, but the good thing is it's the anniversary of the fact that you are all fine. Thank the universe for that. You're fine, and we celebrate with you and your family.

And what magnificent art you've been creating.


Hugs from Toronto

Nicki said...

Hi Linda,

I appreciate your words. Yes, the whole thing did quite a number on me emotionally. Luckily, with time, the intensity of the experience has faded.

So nice to hear from you,


Hi Barbara,

Yes, I have watched this ad many times and each and every time it brings me shivers, tears, and a sense of gratitude that our seat belts took care of us that evening.

I'm so happy to hear you are enjoying my current work.


Nicki XO

Harry Kent said...

Life is a mystery for sure. An anniversary of two such totally different life events. Sorry to hear you have to carry this trauma, Nicki. I can imagine the courage it has taken for you get back onto your feet AND keep functioning for your family whilst doing it. And you are so right - embrace life. Tell someone you love them, TODAY.

Nicki said...

Hi Harry,

Thank you for your kind words. Initially I was just so thankful for us coming out of the crash intact that I tried to carry on as normal, but it wasn't long until the magnitude of what happened really hit home. I felt very desperate when my kids were away from me and I would wake up in the middle of the night crying. I finally allowed myself to accept the trauma of what happened and go through the emotions that were only natural.

I thank my lucky stars every day.

I hope you feel better soon,