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Autumn 2006 | Volume 29, Number 4 | Features

Response Art Work

Page One Examination
Acrylic and graphite on oak 24" x 24"

Anne Faith Nicholls
SPU Alumna of 2000

“Just because something is hard to look at doesn’t mean it doesn’t have beauty behind it,” says Seattle Pacific University alumna Anne Faith Nicholls. True, her work might be difficult for some to study deeply. After all, it involves hearts — the human, not valentine, variety.

Because open-heart surgery at a young age radically changed her life, Nicholls says, hearts tend to take center stage in her paintings. “My work is a representation of emotion more than of an object,” she explains.

In “Page One Examination,” she says, everything is a symbol. The microscope? That’s close self-examination. The scarred heart? New growth.

Nicholls became a paid freelance artist while still an art student at SPU , selling her paintings in Seattle to buy books for classes. She recalls that now Professor Emeritus of Art Michael Caldwell “was the first person to open my eyes to the gallery world, saying this could be a profession for me.”

What Nicholls learned at Seattle Pacific, she says, helped her as an artist: “It may sound funny, but at SPU I figured out how to believe in myself, to find out what I’m good at, to have faith in what I could do.”

In 2000, she moved to San Francisco, California, where she studied pop surrealism and embarked on an art career. “It was a scary thing,” she recalls, becoming a full-time artist — without a dependable “backup” job. But for the past year and a half, Nicholls has made her dream a reality. Her second solo exhibition, “Collect My Thoughts,” opens in San Francisco in December.


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