January 13th, 2021
Jesse Gussow


Artist NiNA creates such wicked doodles. The main subject it centered and surrounded by doodly line work that one can easily get lost in. Your subconscious will start to see and pull different visuals it is lots of fun. It feels like a Rorschach test in that the main subject will influence what you see in the doodles.
Her paintings are beautiful as well. Her use of colours gives it a dream like trance feel. Taking you away from the moment to a peaceful location. Her ability to saturate the colours and blend them makes the piece so deeply inviting to look at and get lost.


Where are you from?

I’ve lived in Los Angeles for the last 9 years, but I was born and raised in Pataskala, Ohio.



How did you get started on your artistic journey?

I’ve had a passion for creating art since I can remember. My current journey started 7 years ago when I moved to Hollywood.



How would you describe your work?

I have two types of mediums I work with, acrylic and marker. My paintings are -ish landscapes, not surrealism, but also not realism. A dreamy in between. And my marker art are doodles that have been compared to Keith Haring.



Where do you find inspiration for your work?

My landscapes come from my memory of life in Ohio and several are influenced by Santa Monica, California. My doodles are influenced by a meme about SoundCloud rappers looking like detention hall desks; although the shapes of the doodles and the images in the center are influenced by whatever I feel like creating that day.



Who are some of your influences?

Bob Ross is first and foremost. He is really the only artist I’ve tried to learn from and copy. Other, more subconscious influences would be Grandma Moses, Edward Hopper, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.



What is your favorite subject to make? Why is that?

I love to create trees. This definitely comes from watching Bob Ross and growing up in the woods. Trees are very forgiving, it’s hard to create a bad tree, which makes it much more of a meditation for me.



What is your spirit animal and why?

So, what I consider to be my spirit animal isn’t a real animal, but it’s Kermit the Frog. He embodies everything that I strive to be as both an artist and human being.



How do you start a piece?

I start my paintings with the sky, sometimes I sketch the painting out first, but usually I just free hand. And my doodles I start with the center image, which is sketched out first and the doodles are free hand.



How do you choose the background colors?

For my paintings, I typically work with whatever shade of blue I have available. And for my doodles I work with black or a contrasting color to the center image.



What is the best thing someone has said about your work?

That my work inspired them to create their first painting.



Who is your celebrity look alike?

Shannyn Sossamon



Why do you make art? What is the best thing about being an artist? What’s a downside?

Art makes time and everything else around me disappear. Creating something that wasn’t their before. It can get awful lonely sometimes, and I can get attached to my work, which can make them hard to sell.



How have you improved since you first started?

Creating depth and perspective. I’ve also overcome my fear of using white without adding color to it.



What is the worst job you’ve ever had and why?

Working at Logan Steakhouse. They hired me originally as a hostess then decided their hosting staff was too full so I was asked to sweep up the peanut shells that were thrown on the floor. That was to be my only job. I quit after 3 hours.



What would you like to be more proficient at?

Artistically, I would like to get better at portraits and for myself in general, speaking Spanish. Both of these have been a long-standing struggle.


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