Meet the Maker: Nikita Coloumbe
Nikita Coloumbe is an abstract, mixed-media, contemporary painter based in Boulder, CO. After graduating with both a Physchology and Fine Art major, Nikita quickly jumped into the world of art, specifically painting, all the while keeping her psychology major close to heart. It often comes in handy when creating custom pieces for clients.
Q: At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Nikita: I've always been an artist. Ever since I was a young girl, the desire to create has been there. I remember getting up at 5 or 6 am on the weekends when I was little, I'd stare at things in my environment and then try to capture their likeness with crayons and colored pencils. Totally normal behavior!
Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?
Nikita: My favorite piece is a symbol I came up with to represent myself, the "little beast" (attached). I think it's an interesting exercise to think about what you might look like if you were a symbol, it's almost like an individual crest or coat of arms.
Q: Where did you grow up?
Nikita: I was born in Winnipeg, Canada, and have lived in California, Colorado, and Hawaii. It is the beautiful landscapes of Colorado that continue to call me back. I studied art at the University of Colorado under contemporary realist painter Chuck Forsman along with psychology. Initially, I pursued psychology and was fortunate to co-author a couple of books with past APA President, Dr. Philip Zimbardo. His decades of research on how external variables can influence human behavior greatly impacted the lens through which I see the world. Thus, the pursuit of both truth and balance has driven my writing and research as much as it has influenced my artwork. And Colorado is such an inspiring place to create.
Q: What do you love most about what you do?
Nikita: What I do provides me with absolute freedom.
Q: What album/song are you currently listening to?
Nikita: Because I'm currently making large abstract paintings, I'm listening to all kinds of music that encourages me to dance and move around. When you're working in a larger format, you are stretching your arms and legs to their full capacity, you're engaging with the canvas in an entirely different way.
Q: It's the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?
Nikita: On the weekends I am usually working and open up my downtown Boulder studio to visitors. This quote from Picasso resonates with me: "When I am finished painting, I paint again for relaxation."