Nikki Dilbeck

When I look at the world, I’m attracted to color and light, texture and shape. These are what inspire me as an artist. My paintings are based on images in my mind or ideas, generated mostly from my observations of the vistas and terrain in the western US. As well, notions about the condition of our environment or environmental events, may inform my work.

I create highly textured landscapes and nonrepresentational paintings. Unexpected colors invite the viewer to step closer, to see beyond the face of the painting and into the elements and ideas waiting to be discovered in it. Although I mainly paint with acrylics, I sometimes also use other media to achieve the result I’m working for in a finished piece. These may include collage, stamping, oil bar, or ink.

Making art is an ongoing process of learning and discovery. It’s an evolution of ideas and method. Over the years I’ve studied with a number of excellent artists who have helped me better define myself as an artist and clarify how I approach making art.



Nikki Dilbeck grew up in northern California in the 50ís and 60ís. Her summers were spent at Lake Tahoe wandering dusty trails, floating in the clear blue lake, and all the while developing a love for open country and the intricacies of nature. An Oregonian for almost 40 years, and now splitting her time between Oregon and Arizona, she wanders the back roads of the western US whenever she can.

Exhibitions include: 2007 - The 5 th Annual Around Oregon, Art Centric, Corvallis; Portland Open Studios; 2008 -Emerald Spring Exhibition, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR., Altered Views: Maps & Terrain, Portland City Hall, 2010 - The Art Wall, Portland, OR; Walters Art Center, Hillsboro, OR; PDX-WAM's "Six Abstract Views" Salon Show and Sale; 2012-2015 -Member Artist of Art On Broadway Gallery, Beaverton, OR; 2014- Abstracts Show, Grapevine Gallery, Oregon City, OR.



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