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!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dreams And Opportunities

Dreams and Opportunities: Life on the Prairies
36 x 30"
oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2012

When I had my show at O'Reilly Insurance earlier this year, Declan O'Reilly's favorite painting was Kindness and Joy: Life on the Prairies. He said it reminded him of when he first came to Canada from Ireland many years ago. One of his first memories was walking through a grassy field with low bushes to get to a cabin. Kindness and Joy was put on hold with a second painting by someone that came to the show, but she ended up buying the other one. I have to admit that as soon as I got word of her decision I breathed a sigh of relief. I immediately knew I couldn't sell Kindness and Joy- the reality of my attachment to it had become clear. The problem was Declan decided he wanted it! I explained that I didn't think I wanted to sell it, but had plans to create another version of the painting for Family Tree (the tree-themed show I did with my Dad in May). If it turned out, perhaps he would be interested in it or maybe I would keep the new version and he could then have Kindness and Joy.

I was extremely pleased with the result of the new painting and that is what you see above. Happily, Declan was thrilled, too. After he made the decision to purchase it I told him the story of Kindness and Joy and how I titled it because of a friend whose initials are K.J. (read about it here). I then let him know that this new painting, Dreams and Opportunities, was titled in honour of him- the D and O coming from Declan O'Reilly. He followed his dreams to Canada, and eventually the prairies, as a young man searching for a better life with more opportunities. It is hard to imagine how scary and difficult that must have been even though it was likely exciting, too. And Declan gave me the opportunity to follow my dreams by providing space to show my art in his office. I think he was touched and I was happy to thank him in that way.

And that is the story I promised I would tell in my last post.


Monika Kinner Whalen, Fibre / Embroidery Artist said...

WOW. Is that a cool way to name a painting!
so clever...
: )

Judy Wood said...

I'm glad this worked out well for all concerned. One thing I have found out over time is that if you have a special attachment to one of your art works, hang on to it. You can always change your mind and let it go later, but if it has moved on and you regret letting it go and want it back, you're out of luck. Lovely job on both of them.

suzanneberry said...

oh nicki!! this is absolutely stunning!! and what a lovely story. congratulations on much deserved sales as well. this is one of my favorite of your, simply perfect!

Barbara Muir said...

Beautiful painting and what a great story.

XO Barbara

Nicki said...

Hi Monika,

Naming paintings can be fun sometimes... other times it is so hard!


Nicki said...

Hi Suzanne,

What a treat to hear from you! I've missed you! And thank you so much for your kind words regarding this painting. I'm so glad you like it.


Nicki said...

Hi Judy,

You are absolutely right! When it was put on hold realized instantly that I didn't want to sell it and I was so relieved when they chose the other painting. It was a close call. Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment.


Nicki said...

Thank you dear Barbara!