VISUAL ARTS - Mixed Media

2014 - Present

Click on the images in the gallery below to view the full artworks and descriptions of the pieces under the "Beautiful" series. Artworks for this series are all NOT FOR SALE.


It was the middle of my last quarter at Stanford, and I was stressed out from all of my classes. The need to paint began to consume me; it was like I couldn’t function normally again until I painted. So no matter how busy I was, I made time to paint.


The problem was I had artist’s block. I like to call it "Nikiya’s Block." I couldn’t come up with an idea or concept that inspired me enough to paint. The subject of my future painting(s) dominated my thoughts, and I reached the point when I was thinking about it 24/7, but my brain would still turn down any and every idea that I came up with.


I started analyzing myself, trying to figure out what was wrong with me. And that was when I remembered. At the end of my freshman year, after taking my first art class at Stanford, my art professor/mentor, Leo Bersamina, told me, “Your greatest strength, which could also be your greatest weakness, is you try to make everything look beautiful.” And that was what I was doing. My brain would turn down all of my ideas because none of them looked “beautiful” enough for me.


To face this, I decided to paint reality, but reality that I would already naturally think was beautiful. And so I gravitated towards my siblings. “Beautiful” is an ongoing series for years to come, as I plan to paint family, close friends, and loved ones.