Nikki Balfour Bio
Born in BC and growing up in the Okanangan, Nikki has been exposed and inspired by the beauty of the mountains and lakes. In her younger years Nikki was often found sketching in her text books where a common theme of figures, faces, and details of nature often appeared. After high school she pursued her love for makeup artistry and graduated in 2002. In late 2005 an opportunity presented itself to pursue art full time and she took the leap, she has been devoted to painting ever since, always knowing she wanted to have a job where she could reign in her love for creativity. What began as an innocent love for color, textures and paint, soon grew into a love and appreciation for sharing her art with the public. This in turn led to getting involved with community events, artist talks, and solo/group shows within BC.
Nikki first began painting about eleven years ago, and through an attitude of openness and discovery, she developed her own unique techniques of freestyle abstract painting. Inspired by the colors on her palette, the music on her playlist, and the ideas floating around in her mind she begins to paint, working in the moment allowing the paint to move and wander on the canvas. She often describes the process like dancing on canvas with a paint brush; abstract, expressive, and free. She enjoys the therapy this process brings her and finds it fulfilling when people respond with feeling and emotion from her art.
In 2011 she painted a series of work and titled it the 'Drift Series', inspired by the color, shape, simplicity, and texture of a piece of drift wood she collected on a road trip across Canada. This series is a continual source of inspiration, and continues to change and evolve with each new painting.
In addition to numerous independent shows and events, Nikki has been involved in group exhibitions and events at various locations in the Okanagan Valley, including: Art Walk, RCA, Kelowna Community Theatre, Vernon Community Arts Centre, Vernon Art Gallery, Bo.tegga, and Sopa's U8 show. In April 2014, she had the opportunity to show her latest series of work to a whole new audience at the Toronto Art Expo and again at Art!Vancouver in 2016. Nikki also has a private permanent collection of her work at Kelowna's Bo.ttega Farm Inn.
2016 Art!Vancouver, Vancouver (juried)
2015 Art Walk, Celebrating Light, Lake Country BC (juried)
2014 Art Walk, A Step Forward, Lake Country BC (juried)
2014 Toronto Art Expo, Toronto (juried)
2013 Bo.ttega Group Art Show, Kelowna BC (juried)
2013 Art Walk, It's About TIme, Lake Country BC (juried)
2013 Ecotone Art Exhibit, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna BC (juried)
2012 Bo.ttega Group Art Show, Kelowna BC (juried)
2012 33rd Annual Okanagan Artisans Guild Group Show, Vernon BC (juried)
2012 'Exposed', Vernon Public Art Gallery Member's Show Exhibition, Vernon, BC
2012 'Drift' Solo Exhibition, Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna, BC (juried)
2012 Waterscapes, Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna, BC (juried)
2011 Art On the Line, Graduate fundraising Auction, U.B.C.O. Kelowna, B.C.
2011 Eye Tunes, Lake Country Public Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC (juried)
2011 U8, Sopa Fine Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC (juried)
2011 2nd Annual Member's Show, Lake Country Public Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC (juried)
2010 Visual Vernacular, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
2010 Gallery Grande, Lake Country Public Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC (juried)
2010 Under 100, Lake Country Public Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC (juried)
2010 Abstract Meets 3D, Lake Country Public Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC (juried)
2007 - 2011 Art Walk, Lake Country, BC (juried)
Voted into Top Ten Artist, Art Walk 2015
Voted into Top Ten Artist, Art Walk 2014
Voted into Top Ten Artist, Art Walk 2011
eVent Magazine, Cover, November 24, 2011
Vernon Morning Star, Cover, July 22, 2011
Visual Arts Committee, Bo.ttega Christmas Art Show, Kelowna BC
Visual Arts Committee, Lille Gard Festival, Kelowna BC
Arts Alive Jury, Kelowna BC
Bo.tegga, Kelowna BC
Works held in private collections in Canada, United States, and Australia.