BIO

About The ARTIST

Artist thru-n-thru. (photo by John Biehler)

From a young age Nicci has been in ‘creation mode’.

Nicci Battilana, also known as Nicci Dot C A, is a mixed media artist who creates colourful and playful portraits of what she calls her “Girlz”. The Girlz are doll-like characters with bold features, and each has their own quirky (and sometimes outlandish) personality. Nicci’s work can be seen on greeting cards, prints, clothing (yoga pants & t’s), bags, mailboxes, doors, and more!

Nicci is a whimsical Artist, Art Retreat Organizer, Art Teacher and Host to the online community known on facebook as ‘Art Journal Junkies. As of November 2015, Art Journal Junkies is proud to have 8,782 creative members sharing their journal work, art spaces pics and favorite supply lists. Nicci has been working in art journals for over 10 years & has loved every minute of it. “How else can you play freely, bare your soul, experiment with new techniques & practice, practice, practice….but in an art journal?” – Nicci Battilana

When asked to describe her artistic style, Nicci responded with “I say mixed media with no ‘rules’, but maybe the true definition should be something like …. a mix of Disney like female characters drenched in Kool-Aid, add a dash of Tim Burton and a wack load of thick black eyeliner…. Ha ha.

When she is not hanging out with her Art Journal Jam tribe in White Rock, BC, Canada, or organizing an local community Artsy event, she is busy creating in her home studio.

Acrylic paint is Nicci’s number one favorite medium. Next, she love using Caran D’ache watercolour crayons as a team with her finger tips. They are a great tool for bringing her acrylic art to life! Plus, Nicci loves using GLITTER in her work. She does use it a lot less than she used to, but she still loves it… along with Swarovski crystals. All Girlz need a little bling, even the creepy ones.

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Welcome to Nicci’s Community Endevours!

Nicci believes in helping out wherever you can. In regards to helping raise money for those in need she regularly donates art for Breast Cancer Research (Bras for a Cause and Nite of Hope), takes part in an annual art challenge/public auction for the benefit of the Art Therapy Program in the BC Children’s Hospital on the last Sunday in September, and holds art sessions for local Brownie Troops so that they may earn their ‘Artist’ badge. Annually Nicci also donates a portion of the door proceeds raised at the Creative Finds Marketplace, which is a fantastic event she organizes and holds every mid-November in Surrey, BC.

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FACEBOOK – become a Fan on Facebook!!!

TWITTER – follow her tweets!!!

FLICKR – check out her fun n funky online photo album

YOUTUBE – watch Nicci create!

 

From The ARTIST

I have always loved art. My earliest memory of discovering the diversity of art was in kindergarten when they had us place a leaf on a piece of paper. We then suspended mesh above it, and ran a large paint filled paint brush across the top of the mesh. Once we were satisfied with our amount of colours and paint we removed the leaf and were left with a wonderful piece of art that was no longer just a plain blank sheet of paper.

My interest in the arts continued all through grade school to present day. I believe my parents must have silently cringed as a collection of 70’s “string art” began taking over our family room in the late Seventies.

A love for painting on clothing began in the mid Eighties in Junior High School. We were given the general sheet of paper or poster board to work on, yet I preferred working on denim jackets and t-shirts. I did not want to create art pieces on paper that would end up being filed away in a school storage room drawer once completed (or worse yet..the trash can due to limited space availability). I wanted my art to live out loud in the world and by creating functional art I believe that I succeeded.

I am always on the lookout for my new “leaf”. Right now I am surrounded by a vast collection of ‘My Girlz’ stemming from use with acrylics, water colours, pastels, stamps, glitter, etc. Visit my events and online store to adopt a ‘Glitzy Gal Girl’ of your own!

The birth of my son had a very strong impact on the pursuit of quality in my work and the pride I take from it. I believe we should all be able to do what we love in some aspect of our lives. Since his arrival into our family, I have been able to break down my previous inhibitions and put my art out into the world.  I am therefore happy to state that I am a PROUD Canadian Artist living on the outskirts of Vancouver in beautiful South Surrey, B.C.!

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From the PUBLIC:

  • I just wanted to let you know that after your 31 Days of Halloween challenge, I AM a journaler now!! I have been wanting to do this for such a long time and was always intimidated. Because of you, I found my “groove” and love creating in my journal now which has become thick, lol. Thank you for sharing what you do and for helping me to be an even better artist! xoxo ” – Rhonda (Dec 2014)

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