Nakisha Elsje VanderHoeven

Christmas 2009, I was gifted a sweet little watercolor of a white rabbit adrift in a boat. Splendid gift for someone with the avatar “White Rabbit” and a company called Watership!

I researched the artist and have been delighted with her work ever since! Whimsical and bright, I love that her animals are portrayed with dignity and grace. I feel I have glimpsed into the secret life of rabbits!

Her watercolors, transparent nature, allow light to reflect from the surface of the paper, giving her subjects a luminous effect, and lifelike mobility.

Seattle artist Nakisha has been making animal art since her earliest memories! Surrounded by nurturing and creative parents and growing up in California as well as rural New York StateĀ  tree farm, Natisha’s childhood was filled with her great loves…art, nature and a horse named Fox. It is no wonder these passions have manifested in her art.

She attended college in New York’s Finger Lakes region on a full scholarship, learning computer animation, sculpture techniques, painting, and writing. She earned a degree in Sculpture. After graduation she worked for a glass blower while creating graphic novels and elaborate ink drawings.

In 1993 she moved to Seattle where she learned web design and worked as the webmaster and artist liaison for a woodworking cooperative. Today she shows her sculptures and paintings at regional galleries, sells her artwork to clients around the world, and lives with an assortment of adopted animals. Ironically, she does not own any rabbits.

Artist’s Statement

My work comes from a desire to make things.

I have always been inspired to recreate what I see and convey what I feel through images.

I love experimenting with color, and am attracted to objects and beautiful things, especially suggestive and functional ones. I like art that speaks to me on many different levels, art that I am always seeing something new in, and especially, art that has a sense of humor.

For more about Nakisha’s work and inspiration, please visit features fine art, sculpture, paintings, writings and illustrations including the Little White Rabbit by the artist Nakisha Elsje VanderHoeven, also known as BlueDogRose

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One response to this post.

  1. Terrific post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject?
    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thanks!


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