11-2015

Nicole Milley (nikki M.) is a versatile, self-taught artist with a wide range of experience creating visual arts in charcoal, graphite, and watercolor. She has recently received recognition for her latest works, which showcase both her childlike imagination and her technical excellence depicting scenes that are at once whimsical and hyper-realistic. Her works can be found in private collections as well as group exhibitions throughout WNY.

 As an active participant in the art community, Milley lent her talents to the renovation of Shea’s Performing Arts Center. She is a current member of the Buffalo Niagara Art Association, and has been a member of the West Seneca, Impact Art Gallery, and Wilson Art Societies, and is an active member and President of the Niagara Arts Guild. She is also involved in the PTA art initiatives at Wilson Central Elementary, Wilson Middle School, and the Monthly Art Critique Nights for Local Artists initiative.

She works from her art studio in Wilson, NY and is currently preparing for a solo exhibition titled, Stories. She resides with her family in Wilson, NY.


Artist Statement

I am a versatile, self-taught artist with a wide range of experience creating visual arts in charcoal, graphite, and watercolor. My art is inspired by the human connection and my interpretation of the world around us. I want to create an opportunity for pause and reflection, to render emotion through my pencil. My work suspends reality and explores the imagination, telling stories of unseen possibilities. Each composition is intended to engage the viewer in a moment that is simultaneously whimsical and hyper-realistic. 

In addition, I work to capture and preserve memories of loved ones. In capturing through graphite (or other medium), the likeness of children, spouses and pets departed too soon, I hope to provide individuals with pieces they will treasure. I hope my art will bring them joy, despite the sorrow of their loss.