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Nicole Cijs

I truly love that moment when something timeless and contemporary appears. I am drawn to nature related themes and respond to the multiplicity and intricacy of the colours I can create. I feel most centered whilst painting, so the whole process has a meditative and contemplative quality to it.

I often combine acrylic paint with several mediums, such as gels and pastes on canvas. When working on these pieces, either with a brush, spatula or via poring methods, I introduce colour and contrast until the first stage of a piece feels right and finished.

In the second stage I let the emerged shapes lead me in to either a distinct, bold, and rapid manner of working or towards an intuitive, slow and delicate build up of layers, lines and arrangements until all individual parts feel balanced and play the right supporting role in the overall composition.

My love for art and creation lies in this second stage. It pushes and pulls the creative process within my own artistic journey: Letting my love for the materials, different techniques and the drive to create out, whilst always providing new insights and moments of learning and reflection. Some paintings only come together after many layers have been applied, amplified or subdued and I have to be alert and in tune with my work to see and not miss those important phases.

I have exhibited and sold paintings, throughout The Netherlands and beyond, from 2001 and onwards.