Nicole Gaitan is a self-taught artist who has been painting for as long as she can remember. While attending the University of California at Santa Cruz, she studied the History of Art and Visual Culture, working summers at Horizon Fine Art Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her undying affection for art continues to guide her career to new and exciting heights.
For Gaitan, contrast is the primary focus, whether that is expressed through expansive color pockets or complex punctuations. She has been exhibiting her work for over ten years in galleries, solo exhibitions, public art displays, and festivals. Gaitan’s work is collected internationally, featured in publications like Western Art Collector, and commissioned by the Orvis Company.
Watching Nicole paint is captivating and enigmatic. She often creates her outlines by squeezing paint directly from the bottle, then adds her wild color with palette knives and brushes. The results are dynamic creatures that vibrate with life and personality, filling the space they inhabit with brilliance and joy.