Nicole Sullivan is an artist who works with oil and water-based paint to create her artwork in addition to making digital collages and videos complete with audio online through mixed media. Nicole grew up in an impoverished and abusive environment with mentally and physically disabled parents which ultimately lead to her being taken away from them before she turned 13. Thankfully, she turned to art during her dark times. Self-expression through visual aids was especially important when she was afraid her written words would be discovered and used against her.  She found solace in creating things and was amazed at how delightful smearing color on any surface was.

Today, she states that she “ knew the world was my canvas” in regards to how she saw her art during that time period.

Nowadays she believes that anything is considered art and that everything conveys a message! Her main goal is to not just understand the world around her, but help others to understand what is going on in the world as well as her perspective on things. Below is one of her digital pieces of art as well as two abstract paintings she has done on canvas. 

If you want to learn more about Nicole or her artwork feel free to give her a call at 575-571-3119. Additionally, she can be reached at nuclearhologram@gmail.com or thestarsandgod@gmail.com. Feel free to follow her on Instagram at @thestarsandgod and @notactuallysignificant as well. Furthermore, she is on twitter under the handle @yourdeadfriend.

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Anna Gallagher Brindley is an artist and painter who was born in  North Carolina but has spent the majority of her life in Texas. She uses both acrylics as well as oil to paint and bring her artistic visions to life. Anna loves the challenge of taking something blank and turning it into a masterpiece. It makes her feel so joyful and productive when she works with her hands pushing paint. She said she feels like painting has meditative qualities and when she loves the overall outcome of a painting she gets an extra fire in her belly. Some of her favorite paintings include the quick studies she does in her garden because they are fun and relaxing, where as she is more of a perfectionist when it comes to her pet portraits because that’s family so it’s more important. 

With that being said, Anna began oil painting when she was just eleven years old as a hobby but it has evolved into so much more than that over the past thirty years. For instance, Anna now uses art as a way to cope with various trials that have appeared throughout her life and to express her feelings without having to use words. She knows firsthand how stressful life can get, especially since she is the primary caregiver of a daughter with disabilities.

She states, “When I start living in the future or worrying about my child, I reach a whole other level of stress, as you might imagine. When I get to the point of being overwhelmed, I stop and realize I haven’t made time to paint. Painting is something that I can do for myself that is the ever-popular (and much needed) trend of self-care that allows me to relax and get rid of all of my tension and anxiety.”

In fact, Anna often posts her artwork and tags it as #arttherapy and #selfcare because it makes her feel so much better when she is doing it. She wants to encourage others to take up painting or any other form of artistic expression they might be interested in as a way to cope with the stress and trials of life because she knows just how healing it can be. Furthermore, her work can be found on her facebook page Anna Gallagher Brindley or on her Instagram @annagbrindley. She paints for commision, especially around christmas where she makes pet portrait ornaments. 

All of the proceeds go to some type of charity. At the moment Anna is working with Friendship Circle because that charity directly helps her disabled daughter. For more information about Anna or her paintings feel free to email her at agbrindley@yahoo.com.

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