Asheville, North Carolina
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Last updated on May 27, 2022

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About cathynichols

Sales 6,135
On Etsy since 2007

“Every painting is a love letter from me to you”

I opened my Etsy shop in 2007 after moving to New York from Los Angeles, but the real story of "Cathy Nichols, the Artist" began several years earlier when I pinned up Ghandi's quote, "become the change you seek from the world" next to a 4x4 foot canvas and tore up my applications to law school.

I had tried many "legitimate" professions -- scholar, teacher, PR professional -- before staring down that blank canvas in my living room. Yet I was still the same girl in the back of math class staring out the window daydreaming. Try as I may, I could not turn my eyes back to the lesson plan. So I gave myself a blank canvas and permission to fill it up with what I really wanted to see.

Since then, my paintings have become a place for me to restore the sense of wonder, love and freedom, I remembered from childhood. They are a place to daydream, and a space left open for magic. I like to use all kinds of “non-regulation” stuff in my paintings: fire¬¬¬-tempting beeswax cooked on a hotplate, torn paper, melted oil sticks and song lyrics. Growing up, my grandmother called me her "Sunshine Girl," and maybe this is why I can also never resist sprinkling in a few rhinestones at the last minute. Plus, let’s face it, glitter is fun.

My paintings are little packages of joy shipped out from me to you.

Shop members

  • Cathy Nichols

    Owner, Artist

    Mixed media painter, oracle deck designer, author, teacher, full-time artist and weaver of stories from bits of paint, paper, glitter and memory. Visit Cathy at her studio at 191 Lyman Streed, Suite 221 in the River Arts District, Asheville, NC.

  • Annabelle Rivot

    Designer, Assistant

    Annabelle Rivot is our newest addition to Cathy Nichols Art. She comes to us with a passion for drawing. Annabelle is now hand-painting and drawing all tiny gift cards for Story Cards orders. Each of her drawings is unique and made with love.

Production partners

  • North Light Books

    Cincinnati, OH

    North Light Books prints and publishes beautiful how-to, crafting and coffee table art books. I wrote this book, created the artwork inside it, and North Light Books edited, printed and published it!

  • StencilGirl Products

    Wildwood, MO

    StencilGirl is a small family-owned company that manufactures artist-designed stencils. They are laser cut and produced entirely in the USA. The whole team at StencilGirl is very artist-friendly, and most of the team members are artists themselves!

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
Hi there! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my Etsy shop and to view my artwork. Painting is one of the great joys of my life, and I'm so glad to share my work with you here. I hope that my work can add a little bit of magic to your home.

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