Artist Statement & Biography

Why do I paint? A favorite German expression comes to mind: es muss sein. It must be. I don’t have much say in the matter because I have always been an artist. Ever since I was a young girl, the desire to create has been there. This is what I am and what I do.

Nikita Coulombe, Age 10

What drives me to paint is another matter, however. There was a period of time when life events took hold and I didn’t create anything. A health scare that followed prompted me to recognize that I could not separate myself from my passion. To come back to life, I had to find a way to bring it to the forefront.

I fought illness with brushstrokes. If I was going down I was going to go down on my terms. Instead, with each painting, I slowly but steadily regained strength.

It was like grafting a tree in order for it to produce the desired fruit; I found within myself a splinter from which I could re-insert back into myself who I was and what I was meant to do.

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” 

– Albert Camus

The undercurrent of my work is an attempt to fight back against the inevitable fate that awaits us all. To produce expressions of being alive. To create images that bring people joy and invite them to slow down, reflect, and appreciate life.

My work is often described by others as playful and sensual regardless of the subject and I think that’s because, no matter what I am painting, I’m inserting myself into the composition like some kind of fluid detective who must uncover the mystery of the blank canvas. Like John Cage’s silent symphony, the deliberate absence of sound – or color and texture – is an irresistible invitation. One is compelled to react. And in that process, to learn, discover, share, grow, and inspire.

Going back to the beginning – I was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1986, and have lived in California, Hawaii, and Colorado. I studied art at the University of Colorado under contemporary realist painter Chuck Forsman, along with psychology.

Nikita Coulombe, Age 21

Initially, I pursued psychology and was fortunate to co-author a couple of books with past APA President, Dr. Philip Zimbardo. His decades of research on how external variables can influence human behavior greatly impacted the lens through which I see the world. Thus, the pursuit of both truth and balance has driven my writing and research as much as it has influenced my artwork.

In 2019, I started my own studio in Boulder, Colorado, where I create large modern paintings and mixed media pieces for private art collectors and businesses alike. My paintings have been featured in several publications and have been shown both in the US and abroad.

Nikita Coulombe, Age 32

Previous gallery representation includes:
Carla Wright Gallery, Denver, Colorado

Current licensing representation includes:
Roaring Brook Art, Elmsford, New York

Private Collectors of my paintings include:
Ms. Darcy Whittier, California
Mr. Herb Williams, California
Mr. J.P. Bastiaan Koch, California
Dr. Juan Luque, California
Mr. & Mrs. Kane Mantyla, California
Ms. Keeley Rankin, California
Mr. O. Jacob, California
Ms. Stephanie Taylor, California
Mr. & Mrs. Steve Harris, Colorado
Ms. Hillary Weinberg, Colorado
Ms. Jocelyn Diles, Colorado
JoSak Shipping, Colorado
Mr. Joshua Onysko, Colorado
Mr. & Mrs. Sako Barbarian, Colorado
Mr. R. Craig Hall, Florida
Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Carrick, Florida
Ms. Sara Phelan, Hawaii
Mr. & Mrs. Jay Pugh, Nevada
Ms. Veronic Monet, Nevada
Ms. Camille Harris, New York
Mr. Sanford Dumain, New York
Mr. & Mrs. Les Paulson, North Dakota
Ms. Ruby Cross, Ontario
Mr. M. Zitterkopf, Wyoming