Nicole As A Dream Original


Nicole is studying physics and the quadratic world. Many of Nicole’s poses “fuse the rational world with the intangible, which reflects my way of seeing and being seen.” She continues to be an endless inspiration to my own creative practice.

It reminds me of the work of Pema Chodron, who writes about the liminal space between life and death in her book, How We Live is How We Die:

The term bardo is usually associated with the intermediate state between lives, but a broader translation of the word is simply “transition” or “gap.” The journey that takes place after our death is one such transition, but when we examine our experience closely, we will find that we are always in transition. During every moment of our lives, something is ending and something else is beginning. This is not an esoteric concept. When we pay attention, it becomes our unmistakable experience.

Artwork size: 9 x 12 in.

One of my favorite artist’s philosophies comes from the great Zen Master and artist, Hakuin Ekaku. He proposed that the inner character of the artist shining through gives a painting its power. With that in mind, my figurative paintings explore and encompass all of my interests in art: the exploration of mixed media, the design of shapes and forms by observing the figure, the joy of color and line, and Zen meditation.


Each painting is:

  • One of a kind and completely unique
  • Individually signed by the artist
  • Created with a variety of archival, lightfast materials including Case for Making pan watercolors, Golden SoFlat Matte Acrylics, Caran d'ache Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels, and Platinum Carbon Black In
  • Painted on archival, Canson®XL® Mixed Media paper, featuring heavyweight (98lb/160g), medium grain texture
  • All prints come unframed. For framing suggestions, please consult our Framing FAQ page.
  • All items are shipped USPS first class in a clear, protective sleeve, sandwiched between cardboard in a rigid mailer.
  • Work is © Vanessa Lee /, All rights reserved

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