Nicole says that she knew she wanted to be a freelance illustrator since the seventh grade after seeing a presentation during a career day: "Despite that early revelation, I had a number of stops and starts getting there! I didn't take any art classes until my junior year of high school and in a very last minute decision I applied to the Massachusetts College of Art. Even after graduating with departmental honors from the illustration department it took almost a decade until I allowed myself to pursue art as a career. I think I'm one of those practical people that tries to do all the 'should do's' before the 'want to's' and it actually took losing my full time employment to push me in the right direction."
|Artist Nicole Tamarin|
|© Nicole Tamarin - Mariposa Collection|
Nicole also explains that all of her art is traditionally painted with watercolors on paper but she has reworked my entire process to allow for the flexibility manufacturers require. "I'm drawn to classic subject matter and love incorporating little details. I've been told my work has a subtle sophistication to it and is reminiscent of art you might see in classic children's book illustration. I'm excited to see my background in illustration does come through."
|© Nicole Tamarin - Peacock Plumes Collection|
As far as inspiration Nicole says, "I have never been someone who created art for the enjoyment of creating. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't love making art, but it's only part of the process to me. I think I get the most excited about developing a collection, thinking through all the pieces that I might need and how they might go together later on different surfaces. I'm never at a shortage for ideas since there are so many themes to explore!"
|© Nicole Tamarin - Mad Hattery Collection|