ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR
Nicole Russell was born in 1974 in the small rural community of Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. She grew up having unlimited access to the outdoors and living in close proximity to the sea. Throughout her life, her love of the outdoors grew tremendously. As a result, her artwork reflects its enchanting and surreal qualities. Nicole includes a variety of mediums in her practice; rug hooking, needle point, sculpture, and drawing. Her work is full of symbolism and each artistic piece is imbued with meaning that goes far beyond the surface. “I create to explore aspects of myself as I relate to the world. Through these creations I discover certain truths and gain new perspectives.” Though Nicole’s art is a personal and intimate exploration of life, she strives to create opportunity for the viewer to both bond with the piece and reflect on their own lives. Nicole’s work appeals to a wide audience; it is whimsical, colourful, well structured, thought provoking and quirky. Nicole completed her B.F.A at Sir Wilfred Grenfell and her B.E.D and M.E.D at Memorial University. Nicole was the winner of The Art and Letters Senior Division Visual Art (2008), and her work has been featured in many publications including Art Doll Quarterly (2013) and Creating Vintage Charm magazine (2012). Her work has also been purchased for private collections as well as the Newfoundland and Labrador Art Bank.