Bio

I’m a landscape painter working with rowing and water imagery of the Pacific Northwest. My landscape paintings are an expression of my desire to convey the dreamlike experience of rowing, something I have almost two decades of doing myself. I enjoy telling that story using the language of impressionism but with the addition of an in-focus element for the viewer to relate to – a bridge, a marina, a building – to provide an anchor to the dreamscape.

I pay particular attention to pre-dawn and early morning light and the vibrance they offer the eye. These moments are especially interesting to me because they are ever changing, only last moments.

My fascination with landscapes started at a young age growing up in Texas. Gazing at expansive horizons and big skies, I had space to imagine mountains and waterfalls not yet seen in person. Now in Seattle, I’ve continued reveling in the natural world through painting the grandeur of nature here.

My intersection with rowing is extensive. I rowed for the University of Oregon, received the Pac 10 All-Conference award in rowing and went on to compete at a national level in single sculls. I’ve also worked for the boat manufacturing shop, Pocock Racing Shells for 13 years where my interest in founder George Pocock and his vision for the art of rowing set the tone for many of my paintings.

To inquire about artwork:

nikisherey@me.com

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