We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Heere and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nicole, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have been working as a professional artist since 2010. The Great Recession taught me that traditional jobs are not as stable as I had been taught. So I left the corporate world to pursue art full time. I had my art degree and trained in oil painting since the age of 7, so it seemed like a logical move to spend my time doing something I was highly specialized in, especially since no one was hiring and no one was paying well during the recession.

I left Texas and moved to New Orleans to jump start my art career. I began to work my way up through the galleries and on to art fairs, making as many connections with people involved in the art business as possible, eventually making my way to South Carolina and then back to Texas. My artwork began to evolve too. Changing from more serious subjects painted with heavy layers of oil paint to cheeky and fun pop art in which I embrace both oil painting and modern art making materials.

I’ve had a lot of recognition in print, including a shot out from Vogue Paris, and social media seems to love my work. My pop art was getting all of the attention and I eventually coined it the Housewife Rebellion. The pop art takes a lot of time and money to create. Each housewife is an original painting, which can take up to 10 days to complete. Then I collage the painting background, sometimes add fun items like glitter, and finish it with resin. This step takes another 3 days. So it’s about a 13 day turn around to create each painting, and that doesn’t include all of the brain storming to come up with the idea and the pre-drawings. So I am capped at 2 paintings per month. Because of this, I decided to start selling the art as wine labels. Creating the wine brand Housewife Rebellion. This allows the art to be more accessible to those who love it and it gets the artwork in front of more people, and what a great pairing, a housewife rebellion and good wine! I am really loving the wine business as well, and I have great mentors teaching me everything about wine!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is sold under the brand Housewife Rebellion. It has vintage vibes with proper housewives engaging in rebellious behavior. We are tired of being expected to keep a clean house. We are tired of doing THEIR laundry. We are tired of cooking THEM dinner. At the Housewife Rebellion we say “Wash your own damn dishes!”.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Bishop Arts District, The Star and downtown McKinney.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give a shoutout to all of the women who work in the Texas wine industry. They have welcomed me and mentored me as I grow this brand. They have made sure I am working with the right people and they have helped see this company through. Alcohol laws and permits are a beast to get through, and it is only with their help that the Housewife Rebellion wine company exists today.

Website: www.HousewifeRebellion.com

Instagram: @housewiferebellion

Linkedin: @housewiferebellion

Twitter: @hswiferebellion

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HousewifeRebellion

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