Nicole Gaitan

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Born and raised in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I was immediately immersed in one of the most beautiful places on earth and surrounded by a culture rich in Western art.

Painting and drawing from a young age, I soon discovered my love for art and began selling my work in a local gallery at age 22. My interest in art continued to grow over the years and followed me to California. While attending the University of California at Santa Cruz, I studied to History of Art and Visual Culture with a focus on modern and contemporary art with various courses in interior design and planning. My artwork is imaginative, individual and attempts to capture the unique personality of each creature I paint.

Art has always been a huge part of my life and the world around me continues to inspire me. I currently live in Santa Cruz, CA, a town rich in culture, art and a quirkiness you can’t quite put your finger on.

When I paint, I tend to listen to a song or playlist on repeat for hours and hours, so I’ve named all of my pieces after songs that are dear to me. Songs that keep me inspired and allow me to paint into the wee hours of the night.