“Watercolor is magical,” says Nicki Wight, the featured cover artist of this year’s tour. A recent arrival to Camano Island, Nicki finds inspiration in the scenery of the Pacific Northwest—the sea life, the sunsets, the trees, and stunning waterscapes. Her favorite subjects, however, are people. “I love painting people. I always start with the eyes,” she says. “They are the window to the soul.” Nicki travels widely, and the faces and figures she encounters all over the world show up in her vibrant works. A graphic designer and illustrator by profession, Nicki won numerous awards over the course of her twenty-year career. She took up watercolors after retiring, fulfilling a lifelong dream. She has been painting now for six years and belongs to Northwest Watercolor Society, where she has been juried into several prestigious shows.
Besides painting herself, Nicki teaches watercolor, holding regular classes and workshops at her studio on Camano Island. Of her students, she enthuses, “[they] do amazing work, and they all have fun! I love watching them develop their skills and learn to love paint, rather than fear it.”
Nicki and her husband have been married for 44 years. A few years ago, they moved from Woodinville to build their dream house on the west side of the island, where they love to host their children and ten grandchildren!