About Niki and This Portfolio

Back in my first year of college, due to scholarship limitations, I abandoned my dream of being an artist. Time passed, and I eventually earned an MA in English (creative writing) and began teaching as an adjunct (translation: part-time) instructor.

One summer, I only was given one class to teach, and it was not enough to do anything more than pay my house payments for the summer, and because of a number of medical issues and schedule complications at the time, I could not get another part-time job to make ends meet.

So I returned to my first love: art. In time, partly due to the transitory, uncertain nature of my teaching position, I decided to pick up with my art degree where I’d left off. In 2012 and 2013, I was enrolled as a part-time student (working toward a BFA in graphic design and painting) while teaching and doing freelance artwork to help pay my way (since I no longer qualify for financial aid due to already having a degree). However, my teaching load decreased in 2014, making it impossible to pay for tuition, so my degree is on hold for the foreseeable future, and I am looking to find a full-time job. I’m excited to see what the future holds, and I love having the chance to paint portraits and landscapes for my clients in the meantime.

And I can’t wait to work on a project for you!

I currently have a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in Composition and British Literature. Needless to say, my interests are broad and varied, as are my experiences and expertise.  For my résumé, click on the tab above.

You can also find me at my other site:

My Business Blog

I also have an Instagram where I share dog photos, personal photos, and art projects.

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