Nikki Nienhuis: Expressions in Nature

Guest post by Nikki Nienhuis

As a Golden resident, it’s an honor to have my art showing in our local museum. As an Artist, it’s especially special to have my work showing during COVID.  Art is really best experienced in person vs in photos, so I hope you get a chance to see all 16 pieces up close.  I am available to meet you there for a personalized tour if you’d like!  Just email me at  Each of the paintings shown has a story.  There are little cue cards next to each piece describing the creative process and/or the intentions.  Several of them are quite abstract, but there is a token moose (or two) too. 

Expressions in Nature

A solo art exhibit produced by Nikki Nienhuis, Golden resident

September 30 – January 4, 2021

Much of my work comes after meditation, writing and contemplation.  I create paintings in all varieties: oil, acrylic, mixed media, charcoal and ink.  I love using saturated and muted color combinations along with a lot of touchable texture.  I write an intention, poem, lyrics or an affirmation on the base layer that is sometimes still visible in the finished piece.  Each subsequent brush stroke sets the message within, increasing the vibrational energy to enable my own healing, joy and peace.  Basically, as I paint over the words, I continue to consider them and as I move (painting is a very active process), my energy improves, I feel inspired, and basically my mood and my day feel in alignment with my dreams and desires.  That’s the healing aspect of art.  Painting is like going into meditation for several hours.  I focus on allowing the painting to tell it’s own story, often not knowing the deeper meaning until long after it’s finished.  That’s the beauty of art, you can see something new in it every time you look.

Artist Biography

Nikki Nienhuis was born and raised on the front range of Colorado, where she spent her childhood exploring the surrounding woods, creeks and mesas. In January of 2018, she quit her corporate job to focus on her professional art practice.  Nikki regularly exhibits her work across Colorado.  She currently sits as Chair of Foothills Art Center’s Open Studio Group and is a founding member of an international artists mentor program called We the Muse.  Nikki’s work is found in corporate and private collections in the US, and she is represented by Portfolio Gallery, Breckenridge, CO. 

Instagram is where you can see into the day and life of Nikki’s art practice. Take a look at or find out more on her website at