North Shore Studio


Nikole Huesman was born in 1969 and joined the Arts of Life in 2011. Refined, delicate strokes of line and color are a trademark of Heusman’s work. With artistic influences ranging from Chagall, to Goya and Gaugin, Heusman’s portfolio features a wide range beauty, subjects and moments in time.

“I like form. I think it’s a strong point of the way I paint. I usually paint in patterns and lines and that’s how it looks like a full skirt. I like the fancy part of it. I like it because I can make it my own like they’re going to a dance or a ball. It’s like a fairy tale.”

Inspired by the classical arts, Huesman often depicts scenes of formal costuming, dreamy landscapes, romance and familial connections. Each piece is created through a methodical process, involving careful composition, sketching and transferring.  

“It makes me feel like I can do anything I want… doing art. I can communicate with the world and I can conquer anything in life. I am expressing my feelings through art and music and drama.”

Heusman’s artwork has been featured on Arts of Life merchandise, including a set of greeting cards and the 2016 calendar. She is also a singer for the studio band, Van Go Go.

Selected Exhibits

Community in Color

Circle Contemporary, Chicago, IL - 2018

A is for Artist

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL - 2017

Permanent Collection

The Waisman Foundation, Madison, WI - 2017