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.
Community in Color
Circle Contemporary, Chicago, IL - 2018
A is for Artist
The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL - 2017
The Waisman Foundation, Madison, WI - 2017