Wide ex­pe­ri­ence for artist

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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!”

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