A love of finish and texture are two readily recognisable aspects of Auckland artist Nicki Dalton'swork. Dalton's journey to painting effectively began with the nurturing of a business in which paint finishes were meticulously applied to high-end hand-crafted framing. This constant involvement in the craft of painting, coupled with her deep interest in painterly techniques from various cultures finally led Dalton to take up painting in a more artistic vein.
Dalton's works exhibit a moody sense of place and purpose. Her landscapes, in particular, possess a strong sense of light and depth, with the topographical features delineated by the harsh
New Zealand light and sandwiched between a somber sky and solid earth.
In contrast, Dalton's abstract work makes intriguing use of the hypnotic effect of replication and high contrast. Often grounded by a deep black or brown background, Dalton's monochromatic forms take on a life of their own, floating as if existing above the plane of the painted canvas.
Dalton lives in Auckland with her husband and children and continues to produce work from her home studio.