Nicki Forde-Ficocelli has been drawing since before she can remember, and that love for creating led her to study commercial art at International Fine Arts College in Miami. After a 25 year career in graphic design, Nicki followed her heart and began painting again. And she is not looking back!

“My muse comes from nature and my sense of humor and love for the subject finds it’s way into my art.” 

Nicki focuses her time on creating art for private commissions, art festivals, local makers markets and her Etsy shop. She is proud to be represented by Uncommon on Sixth art gallery in Leesburg, Florida.

Her paintings are typically made with acrylic paint in an intuitive and somewhat loose style on paper, canvas, wood or found / salvaged materials. Nicki states, “making art is a joyful experience for me, and it’s my hope that joy radiates through my art.”

Working from her home studio in historic downtown Leesburg, Florida, Nicki describes herself as “an artist, illustrator, crazy cat lady and crusader of kindness.” When not painting (or often while painting) Nicki is foster mom to any number of kittens and does what she can to spay and neuter feral cats in her area. In her spare time she also attempts to tend her cottage style garden that looks amazing in her mind. She does have a fantastic imagination. Her mission as an artist is to create a positive impact by making art that uplifts, her mission as a human is to live with joy and compassion.