Nichole Phillips, self taught artist

Hi! I'm Nichole Phillips and I'm stretching my art legs after 20 years! As a child through high school I was very into art and took many art classes. In high school I think I could officially be considered an art dork! I had a painting pallet on my class ring instead of a sport! Drawing and sketching were my home base but I did enjoy occasionally branching out to other mediums. Unfortunately, when I began college  discovered partying so  became less focused on art! I took one art class my freshman year, Color Theory and Practice! I was told by the professor that I was a terrible artist! To be fair, it really was a terrible painting that I whipped up 10 minutes before class! That was enough though to break my already fragile, young adult self esteem. I walked away from art for 20 years. 

A series of personal tragedies left me feeling empty and dead inside. I felt unable to be the person I used to be. The girl nicknamed "Giggles" by her coworkers was now angry and withdrawn. I wasn't able to connect with people anymore, including my kids. I couldn't continue to let them suffer, I had to make a change. 

I started painting again because I needed some inexpensive art for my house. I tried doing some paint pour art. Then I started doing some other art and craft projects. The more I did, the more creative and more alive I became!

After a while I decided to name my "studio". I sat down with a bottle of wine and a Thesaurus and came up with some really out there names. Instead, I decided to combine the names of my kids, Evelyn and Grayson, into EvieGrayDesigns. They were and will always be my inspiration. They give me courage to follow my dreams and they deserve to be a part of the journey. 

Thankfully, we now live in a virtual time so you have many, many professional artists coming right to you on your laptop. Many artists generously share their knowledge to help aspiring artists. I have tried to absorb every bit of information I could find to learn and get better. I continue to learn and push my limits every day to bring you art that I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed creating it! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to check this out!