The photograph for December’s postcard was taken on film last December, behind a noisy, completely un-picturesque gas station on I-5. But the golden light of dawn and the hoar frost on the tangle of blackberry brambles managed to turn the ugly beautiful. I’m so happy I had my camera with me.
Seattle artist Nikki Frumkin is an avid climber and hiker, who often carries along paint supplies as she explores the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. I came across Nikki many months ago on the Washington Trails Association’s Instagram feed. The exact piece slips my mind, but I’m guessing it was a starry night painting, possibly of Mt. Rainier or Mt. St. Helens. Take a quick moment to follow that link over to Nikki’s website and you’ll see why I’ve fallen so in love with her work. Gorgeous, right? Her enchanting paintings embody the love I feel for this small corner of the world.
SIX QUESTIONS FOR NIKKI
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an artist, even as a little kid. I remember hoping I would be covered in paint all the time, which has turned out to be fairly true! For a while I didn’t think it would work out. I had a professor in college who told me I should give up on art because it would never happen. I am really glad I didn’t listen to him!
Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?
That’s a tough one, I’m not sure. I love being with people, but I bring a quieter energy in groups. On the flip side, I have a really hard time hiking and climbing alone. I need people around me!
What are your top three Seattle restaurants?
My favorite place to eat in Seattle is Araya’s Place, which is vegan Thai food! I live a few blocks away from it, so I go way too often. Although usually we cook at home. My favorite Backcountry dinner is MaryJane’s dehydrated NW Garden Couscous. Or for lunch, crackers, cheese, hummus and avocados (eaten by an alpine lake or on a summit). Yum.
Do you have a favorite book?
My favorite book… That’s so tough! I love reading about outdoor adventures and expeditions, but I think my favorite book is about something different. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Or any of Junot Diaz’s books like his collection of short stories, Drown.
What was the last book you read? Did you like it?
I recently read Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun, who is a friend of mine. It is a really engaging and funny book even if you don’t plan on doing any public speaking. I loved it! (Plus now I am a better public Speaker:))
Thank you so much Nikki, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!
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