Nicole was inspired to create art by her grandmother. While her grandmother died many years ago, a part of her lives on in the paintings 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.
Nicole is affectionately known as Dragon Girl because she loves to paint dragons. She also has developmental disabilities, lives below the poverty line, and takes care of her mother who has multiple sclerosis. She brings an imaginary universe into reality using nothing more than pen and paints. Her unique style, obsessive passion to create, and immersion in fantasy qualify Nicole as an outsider artist. She lives and works outside the mainstream, both in the art world and in society. Yet her paintings allow her to share the shapes and colors and characters she creates with a larger world. Nicole says, “I make art because it’s important to me. I draw dragons with different powers. It makes me feel good when I create my images and they look like the picture.”
Access Gallery is an inclusive nonprofit that engages the community by opening doors to creative, educational, and economic opportunities for people with disabilities to access, experience and benefit from the arts. Located in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, it features innovative exhibits that utilize nontraditional materials and methods to create art that is accessible and affordable for all. Access Gallery provides year-long programming including ArtWorks that brings economic opportunity to young adult artists with disabilities, Community Workshops that bring artistic exploration to underserved populations, and Access Education that teaches inclusive practices to our greater arts community. For more information, visit us at www.accessgallery.org.