Q + A with Nikki Cade
Nikki is a full-time artist from Dallas, Texas specializing in murals and collages. She has an upcoming retreat in Bali in a few months and we can't wait to see pics!
1. You quit your day job to devote your time to art and travel. What was this experience like for you?
I was nervous and excited. Taking a leap like this can be scary, but I had a lot of encouragement from friends and family. I am enjoying having this time to travel and work on my art full-time.
2. What was your most profound moment during your travels?
I met someone in Italy and we became instant friends. We actually shared an Airbnb during our time there. Upon departure, we discovered we were on the same flight to Amsterdam and sat by one another on the plane! Before landing, she suggested I stay at her place instead of checking into a hotel--which I did. After I returned to the states, she sent me a watercolor portrait that looked like me! She said she had painted a girl from her dream a long time ago and just realized it was me.
3. What advice would you give to other emerging artists?
Stay focused on your own work and the reason you do what you do in the first place. Don't get caught up in number of followers, what other people think, comparisons, etc... Also, take breaks when you need to and don't treat yourself like a machine. Forcing out work and thinking everything you make has to be a "thing" can kill your flow. Just enjoy the process of creating.
4. What struggles do you face, and how do you deal with them?
I'm disappointed to find out the building I rent my studio in has been sold and I have to move yet again! Ugh... I find packing and moving to be extremely exhausting so I'm ready to find just the right place I can stay in for a long while. I'm dealing with the news by focusing on what doors will open up next, because things always have a way of working out in ways that completely blow me away.
5. What's next for you in 2018?
Well 2018 has been amazing so far. I have had products in Anthropologie, been featured in 7hues Magazine, and completed a mural for an International Airport. I have so much gratitude for the opportunities I've received so far. I'll be closing out the rest of 2018 with a creative retreat in Bali with my business partner Lily Chin, starting on another big mural, and getting ready for the holiday season!