Nikki Johnson grew up on the diverse east side of Milwaukee, WI, and she currently works out of her home studio located in Appleton, WI. Her urban Wisconsin girl perspective shows up in both topic and perspective, providing an unexpected lens through which she shares the people and objects in her art. Her paintings begin with music as their foundation, inspired by song lyrics that have held meaning for her throughout her life. These visual portrayals of audio rhythms are surreal and bold, using monochromatic color blocks to bring sound into a visual perspective through the use of acrylic paints and pre-stretched canvas or wood panel.
Creating art is a cathartic experience. Johnson paints what she feels or what she observes others are feeling. Her use of culturally diverse imagery, geometric shapes and bright bold colors helps her express herself in a way that is very different from her everyday life. The best part of the process is hearing others share the imagery the finished piece evokes in them. It brings about a unique connection with the viewer that she can continue to carry with her throughout her life.