I am Allison Nickens, an artist who currently resides in Harrisonburg, VA. After I graduated from James Madison University with my BFA in fine art, I started live painting at local shows and at music and arts festivals. It’s difficult for me to succinctly describe my artwork. I’ve spent a great deal of my life trying to heal from a tumultuous childhood, and making art has given me a space to transform all of that negativity into something filled with color and hope. Artmaking is my mode of exploration and my destination lies in the deepest corners of my mind. Art is where one can connect and relate to others as well as gain a clearer understanding of one’s self. I hope your journey through my surreal swirls of color, wildlife, and portraiture fill you with a sense of love, healing, and hope.