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 main focus is equine art. I paint horses to tell a story about how they belong, how they deserve our respect and care. My art brings awareness and creates positive change in the way we manage our wild horses on our public lands.” 

Nicki focuses her time creating art for private commissions, art festivals, local makers markets and her online 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 and meaningful experience for me, and it’s my hope that the viewer can feel some of this intention through my art.”

“I love making connections with other horse lovers when they fall in love with one of my paintings. Knowing it brings my collector as much joy as it did me when I made it is a fantastic feeling. I enjoy every aspect of making art – from the initial idea, to traveling to someplace like Utah to take my own reference photos of wild horses, to creating the actual art and even carefully packaging the painting for shipping.”

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.

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