Artist Nichole McDaniel uses photography, stencils and vivid color to capture iconic scenes from her travels. See more of her portfolio on her website.
The inspiration for my cityscapes and beach works comes from my love of exploring new locations.
What starts as an adventure taking photos turns into creating intricate stencils which I use to make mixed media pieces.
I first saw the potential of using stencils with a simple project in college. Over the last fifteen years, that process has evolved into the pieces you see today.
The idea of a simple silhouette has always fascinated me. The amount of detail, imagery and design you can create in just a single layer is incredible. Some of these handcrafted silhouettes take up to 70 hours with the use of an X-acto knife and a magnifying glass.
After I have the silhouette, my pieces tend to be about color. I love bright, vibrant colors. Much of my beach scenes reflect the vibrant colors found in the sunsets here in Orange County, California.
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My friends and family are now accustomed to stopping and taking photos with me while traveling. I will take them to specific locations, typically around sunset so I can get the most detailed shots of silhouettes.
My parents are sweet; one time while I was photographing Chicago for a painting they ended up walking almost 10 miles with me by the time we were done!
Even my husband now asks if he should stop when he sees something I might find interesting. For me, these cityscapes and paintings from my travels are about capturing that unique memory and sharing it.
I think painting an identifiable location is a great opportunity to connect with your audience. When people view these pieces, it might be somewhere they live, a place they have traveled, or maybe a place they would like to visit. It’s interesting to exchange stories and our unique association to the location and piece.
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