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Ronni Nicole gives herself the freedom to evolve through art



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Ronni creates what she loves to call “Floral Inspired Fossils”. For as long as she can remember, she’s always had a connection with flowers. She’s consumed by all the little details within their design. Even from a young child she can remember drawing them, pressing them, drying them, basically any arts and crafty thing she could think of to do with flowers she did. Her floral obsession took her on a journey that would eventually lead her here.

What is your creative story?

Like most creatives, being creative comes naturally to me. I’ve dabbled in all kinds of artsy things that eventually lead me to make my floral inspired fossils. I feel it was a natural progression getting here. I’ve always been inspired by the details and design of flowers, so I’ve searched every art form to capture them in a way that I felt their beauty deserved. You name it, I’ve most likely done it. About two years ago, I finally discovered my craft. I saw a small imprint of a flower on a piece of mix media art at the Barnes Museum and my light switch came on. It was like my focus went into high gear. Once I imagine what it would look like, the steps to create it just came together.

Why do you love creating?

It’s more than something I love, it’s who I am. There is a humbling satisfaction that I get when I make my fossils. The flower is my muse and I’ve followed her footstep from the very beginning. I get giddy when I finish a piece. To see all the details captured in such a way, just makes me want to do it again.

Describe your creative process. Do you have rituals to making?

My creative process is very repetitive so I get to do a lot of daydreaming. The smoothing of the clay takes about an hour or two, so I plan ahead what my daydreaming will entail. This is my time, and I use it wisely. I mostly daydream about my goals, my future, and my life. Concentrating has never been my strength, but through my fossils, I find I’m less distracted. I think that is because of all the daydreaming that I allow myself in my process. That clutter that would normally take over my head space gets a good cleaning when I make my fossils.

What tips do you have for beginners?

You don’t have to have it all figured out right away. Allow yourself to grow into the person you imagined. It doesn’t have to happen right now and in this very instance for you to get started.

What do you do when you don’t know what to make?

Honestly, I don’t have “creative block”, if anything I have creative overload. I always have a thousand and one things I want to make. To cure my creative frenzy, I allow myself a few days a month to play with other art forms.

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How do you find time to make things?

I must admit: now that my art has evolved into an actual business, I sometimes find it difficult to juggle both. When I’m in full artist mode, returning emails, staying on top of social media can be a struggle. So I’ve started to set aside certain days that I handle my business. Only on those days do I work on anything that has to do with the business part of my art. I believe that when I’m in create mode my art deserves my undivided attention, but so does my business. So keeping them separate has helped me tremendously.

What is your biggest struggle or barrier to creating and how do you overcome it?

This is actually something that I just overcame in the past couple years. I’ve learned to stop overcrowding my judgement with unnecessary challenges. Since I’ve stopped clinging to unrealistic exceptions, I’m able to break my ideas down into simple actions.

How do you go from beginner to expert?

By doing it as much as you can. If you draw, draw every day. If you paint, paint every day. Practice truly makes perfect. Learn as much as you can about what you do. You don’t have to learn it all at once or at first, but being committed to learning it goes a long way. Being great at what you do is a commitment to the long run. It doesn’t just happen overnight. If you are committed to your best eventually you will become the best.

What are your must-have supplies?

Clay, rollers, plaster, concrete, tweezers, and flower of course.

Do you feel like your art reflects your personality? How do you get it to look like you?

My art definitely reflects my personality. When I first started, I was very shy so creating pieces that played a background role felt more like me. I’m starting to come out of my shell, so I’ve added color to my fossils. As you evolve your art should too.

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Ronni Nicole

Ronni creates what she loves to call “Floral Inspired Fossils”. For as long as she can remember, she’s always had a connection with flowers. She’s consumed by all the little details within their design. Even from a young child she can remember drawing them, pressing them, drying them, basically any arts and crafty thing she could think of to do with flowers she did. Her floral obsession took her on a journey that would eventually lead her here.

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