Wide experience for artist
In this latest article showcasing Whangamata artists, editor Lesley Staniland talks to Nikky Seales.
Whangamata’s Nikky Seales can never be accused of leading a boring life.
The former Aucklander moved here 30 years ago after deciding Whangamata was a better place to bring up her daughter.
In Auckland Nikky had worked in a photo laboratory, initially doing hand enlargements then moving to the art department retouching photos.
In Whangamata she had a couple of jobs before opening Budda Lounge.
“It was while I was there that I started painting,” Nikky said. “I had had a motorcycle crash and had been making candles. “Jaz was about three at the time and we’d go on a road trip taking orders for them.
“Then I got the idea to open Nature’s Candles, selling candles and crystals.”
Nature’s Candles morphed in Budda Lounge after she visited Bali and began importing goods from there.
“I expanded into the shop next door and in the end I was there for 23 years,” Nikky said.
Over the years she added multi media work to her repertoire and several years ago commuted to and from Manukau to learn floristry, while still running the shop with some help. “It was a hectic time!” Massage is another of her talents. It’s that and her now home-based Wild Essence cosmetic, candle and floristry business that is her mainstay today.
Since closing Budda Lounge Nikky has sold her old house and moved into a two-storey home that reflects her character — bright, light and breezy and featuring a lot of her art work.
Pottery is her latest challenge. She is a member of the Katikati Collective and enjoys making quirky characters and abstract pieces which she has been successfully selling at markets through summer.
“I love working with clay and creating,” she said.
Meanwhile, she will continue to work from home, with her two dogs Ziggy the chihuahua and Tyson the boxer-staffy cross watching her every move.
“This is my dream, my paradise,” Nikky said.
“Being independent, working from home, with my studio out the back — it’s the ideal life!”