oronto native Niki Woehler has a knack for creating abstract art using distressed natural elements as her muse. While she is creative-minded and has been painting for more than 20 years, Woehler is relatively new to the art scene in the Valley as she started showing and selling her art just in the past two years. Prior to pursuing art, she was an advertising executive. Upon meeting her, it’s clear that Woehler is on her ideal path; she has the presence of a woman who is loving what she does, and her joy for her work exudes in her every movement. Though, one might say Woehler’s journey to becoming an artist was almost by happenstance.
INSPIRED BY THE ELEMENTS
Local artist Niki Woehler captures the beauty of nature BY KAMILLA GRAHAM PHOTO BY MARK MORGAN
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“I wanted original art in my house, so I painted it,” Woehler says. “It was such a personal thing, and I kept it as a private part of myself, never dreaming that I could sell it. Then, a former client wanted to see my work and loved it, and she requested three pieces for her home. That’s when it occurred to me that maybe I could do this all the time.” As the mother of three children, Woehler says that she often paints to clear her mind in addition to feeding her creativity, noting that her skills come from an emotional and spiritual place rather than formal artistic training. Her paintings are inspired by the elements – water, wind, earth and fire – and objects ravaged by these. Think of eroded rocks, rusted metals or a scene obscured by rainfall. The imperfect details lend themselves to a story, a story that Woehler seeks to tell through her paintings. Highly textured, Woehler’s works are comprised of materials such as acrylics, metal, graphite, amethyst, quartz and pyrite. To get the textured effect, she rarely uses brushes, opting instead for a variety of untraditional tools like trowels and rakes to evoke imagery of nature. Vibrant and vivid in color, her paintings are so tactile that the senses are drawn in, and you can almost sense her artistic process. The paintings are often large, too; some tower at six feet tall. And for Woehler, the bigger the paintings are, the better. “My preference is large because of the size of the tools I use,” she says. “I love to make giant, sweeping gestures, and I love scale.” When she is commissioned for a piece for someone’s home, Woehler says it is her greatest joy to produce something they will love. To create an even greater artistic experience for clients, she even sends them the playlist of music she listened to while painting. Woehler’s work can be found in private collections in the United States and Canada. Locally, you can view her work in various galleries and inside the new Phoenix hotel, Found:RE. One of her pieces will also be auctioned at the MakeA-Wish Arizona Wish Ball this month. Learn more about Woehler and her work at www.nikiwoehler.com.
| APRIL 2016
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