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

Hi Nikki, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Making makes me happy. I love to create many different things from murals and paintings on canvas to crafts and digital art. So no matter what is going on in the world or in life, if I am making something I am happy. 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I create travel inspired art using mixed media and collage. I think what sets me apart from others is my ability to make intricate things that aren’t so easy to replicate. I’m proud to work with companies like American Airlines, Anthroplogie, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. It’s a wonderful partner ing with others who help provide a platform for me to share my work with more people. I’ve been working and creating for many and sharing what I love. Over time I have build an audience of friends I can engage with and who support my art business. Its not always easy anne huge challenge I have to work on is having balance. I work as a full-time teacher and also run an art business. It is easy to become overwhelmed. I have had to learn when to ask for help and to let go of the idea of perfection. I want the world to know that I create because it make me happy and I share my happiness through my art.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m so happy you are here! Let’s have brunch in Addison at Ida Claire then Get massages at a nearby footspa and have some Pho later on. I’d love for you to meet my friends over at The Endorphin Factory for a little Ax throwing or archery (super fun). We can visit Dallas Museum of Art and grab a bite at the food trucks at Klyde Warren Park. I’d like to take you to Deep Ellum where we can explore and take pictures with my Polaroid camera. I also got us concert tickets for a show at The Bomb Factory. If you help me find a gift for my mom in the Bishop arts district I’ll buy you a slice of pie at Emporium (Cloud Nine is heavenly) and we can catch a movie at SMG or The Angelica. Don’t forget we need to grab some art supplies at Asel and snacks from Trader Joe’s before heading back to my studio for a fun painting sesh!

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 dedicate this shoutout to Lily Sol for being a bright light and beautiful spirit. Thank you for sharing your art with the world and for being my sol sister.

Website: www.nikkicadestudio.com
Instagram: @nikkicadestudio

Image Credits
@d.a._photography_

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