Originally from the Paint Town community, Nikki Nations took an interest in making pottery at 7 years old when she would go help her grandmother Maude Welch gather and process clay from a deposit at Macedonia. When her grandmother passed away Nikki decided not to work in clay any longer, it wasn’t until she took a course in oil painting that she felt inspired to do more crafts.
Preferring to work in oils, she uses her knowledge of mixing colors to paint landscapes that bring back childhood memories. Nations always paints our traditional subjects, as well as the Little People who are a link to a time when we needed more than what we could see with our natural eyes.
Having won several first and second place awards at the Cherokee Fall Festival, and third place at Art Market, Nikki helps guide two of her granddaughters who have taken an interest in painting. As the years have gone by she has seen the arts and crafts evolve into gorgeous modern visuals through the younger artists, but in all this beautiful art we still need that link to our past.