Using my talent to bring more love and beauty into the world.
I'm an artist working full-time from my home studio. My favorite thing to paint is horses - always has been. I also care for too many cats, I foster kittens when needed and really enjoy having backyard chickens. I have a mostly untended cottage style garden that looks amazing in my mind and I live in a circa 1883 folk victorian in Central Florida.
Loki is in the thick of things. He’s causing mischief everywhere he goes. He’s a champion back-sleeper. He’s sweet and sour. A bully. A playmate. Eater of plastic. Warm, spotted belly. Turbo purr machine set on high.
Touch him while he’s sleeping, and he replies with, “Wow!”
He’s cute. So darn cute.
His philosophy is simple. Play like there’s no tomorrow. Eat as much as you can. Be enthusiastic. Get enough sleep. And most importantly, prank your friends as often as you can.
I try to lose my mind at least once a day. My mind is a terribly busy place – full of distractions, lists, chores. Living from my head is not nearly as fulfilling as living from my heart. Any sense of fulfillment I experience from my head’s perspective is shallow. Superficial… without deeper meaning. Ah, but when my mind goes still, the sounds of love and joy move forward, keeping time with the beating of my heart… there is peace, timelessness, unconditional love. Fulfillment is a state of being not something to strive for.
The heart is where my consciousness, my divine playfulness, my dreams, all grow and flourish. It’s fertile ground. I plant my intentions here. I find my bliss here.
Gardening and drawing are meditations that release my mind from center stage and allow my heart to step forward. I get lost to be found. I go inward to expand outward. I disconnect to become part of the whole.
For 23 years I’ve worked as a graphic artist – for advertising agencies, graphic design firms, print shops, and now on my own as a freelancer. I enjoy the work and the process. It allows me to use a talent and skill to serve others, all while wearing my comfy pants adorned with cat hair. It’s a career that’s been good to me. But I have to admit, I might have become too comfortable in those pants. It’s time to shake things up!
When my friend Michelle became a life coach, I signed right up. I figured I sure needed coaching if I was ever going to live the life I really wanted. She is an amazing coach, teacher and friend. Through her gentle guidance I’ve discovered struggle is an illusion, and I not only can do what I want, I deserve to.
During our journey, she was hit hard with a need to write a book, and she wanted me to illustrate it. I felt the ground shake under my feet with excitement, and a little bit of fear. Would I be good enough? How would I make the time? Things were officially being shaken up!
We’ve been working on this labor of love for some time, and it’s kindled a fire in me to create artwork for myself, too. For me, for you, for everyone! Through Etsy… someday. I have a little ways to go before I can open my store, oh but the idea of it! It’s been a little more than exciting. Getting back to my roots, picking up pencils and watercolors, feels like home.
My first offering of love are these little English Robins. I can see them on wedding invitations, can’t you?
I’m Nicki Forde, and I created this little art and illustration business called Drawing on my Heart as a way for me to get back to my early dreams of creating fun art with love and positive vibes. It’s my mission to make beautiful, meaningful art that moves you in a way you need to be moved whether that’s courage to follow a dream, to allow love to flow, to reconnect… whatever it needs to be. My goal is to put a smile on your face, to lift your mood, to give you a little inspiration… to make your world a happier place, even if it’s just for a moment. Whether it’s business or pleasure, my philosophy is the same – to show up with love and compassion.
I’m an artist on a secret mission – to be an example of how amazing and fulfilling life is when it’s lived from the heart.