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Wonder at Nature: Art by Nicole Richards

A photo of a wall installation with different birds in flightAll the Birds Who Brought me Messages

Using artwork as a way to express her wonder at nature, Nicole Richards creates works that frequently include birds as a motif. With these animal forms, Nicole’s choice of wood as a substrate also draws inspiration from trees and plant life.


A painting of the moon over some boulders in a clear skyMoon Over Boulders

A number of Nicole’s recent works have taken the form of cut-out birds that are then displayed in two-dimensional flocks, jutting out slightly form the gallery wall. Each bird is made from an intaglio print mounted on foam-core, giving it a little extra dimension. These birds, frozen mid-flight, still offer a great sense of movement as they all point the same way as the fly across the wall. Joel Armstrong created a similar effect with his wire geese.


A screen capture of Nicole Richards' art websiteNicole's gallery of recent artwork

Nicole’s two-dimensional works on wood panels take a rather unique approach, aiming to preserve the texture and appearance of the wood grained panel. The artist coats the panel in very thin washes of paint, adding small details like distant tree tops or the simplified forms of birds in flight.


A painting of a gradient of earthy colorsMountain Shades

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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