July and August 2017: A small selection of my work, courtesy of Darrell Bell Gallery, is available at Boffins restaurant (111 Research Drive, U of S campus) throughout the summer months.

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

Ongoing: my 8x8" original oil paintings are available exclusively at Darrell Bell Gallery in Saskatoon. For a limited time several of my large oil paintings are also available at
their new street front gallery on 21st Street (formally Lifestyles By Darrell Bell Gallery).

Ongoing: a selection of my larger work is available at The Black Spruce Gallery at Northside on Highway 2 just before the turn to Christopher Lake.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Little Dead Spruce

Little Dead Spruce
6 x 6"
oil on board

The northern Boreal forest is sprinkled with dead spruce trees. When many of these coniferous trees die, they turn what I think is a gorgeous orange/red colour. I find the pop of this colour against the green of the forest to be dramatic and exciting, so now not only do I get giddy when I see elk and deer, but I also want to pull over to take pictures when I see these dead, rusted out-looking trees!


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

Good for you giving this little dead tree new life. I have never seen a pretty dead tree, they usually make me very sad. Aren't you the positive one. I love your viewpoint, and love your art! Beautiful.

XOXO Barbara

Nicki said...

Hi Barbara,

What I love about dead trees, especially in the Boreal forest, is that even if a tree is dead, there is always new life growing on or around it. The circle of life. I have seen some of the most glorious moss and fungi growing on expired trees... it is sad and hopeful all at once.