Nicole Vanston, one of our ArtWorks Artists at VSA Colorado was featured on brutforce.com. BRUTFORCE is dedicated to curating, electronically publishing, and developing a national online archive of articles about Outsider and Self-Taught Art.
Nicole Vanston has developmental disabilities, she lives below the poverty line, and she takes care of her mother who has multiple sclerosis. “She doesn’t come out that much, and she has a hard time standing up,’ Nicole says of her mother. Damon McLeese, the executive director of the VSA arts of Colorado/ Access Gallery (VSAC) in Denver, Colorado, calls it “a tough situation.” But Nicole has not let these difficulties define her. Her ambitions as an artist and her incessant need to create art have reinforced her reputation among her peers at the VSAC as “The Dragon Girl.
At a young age, Nicole was inspired to create art by her grandmother, a painter. She died many years ago, but a part of her lives on in artwork she left behind. “We have some of her paintings at my house; a man making pottery, a farmhouse, a truck sitting in front of a house.” These pieces mean a great deal to Nicole, urging her to continue her journey into the world of art.”