About the Artist
Nicole Freitas Creek

About the Artist

A native Californian, I received my BA in mathematics with a minor in fine art from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Upon graduation, I went to work for Tecolte Research doing cost analysis for the Navy, later Lockheed/Martin on the Space Shuttle and finally at the University of California at San Diego in La Jolla. After 15 years as a Systems Analyst, I was forced to end my career by a series of episodes of what was to be a chronic condition.

After a brief remission, I returned to college to study interior design. It was suggested that I take up architecture since I had a degree in mathematics. It was the perfect combination of math and art. I was accepted to the Masters of Architecture Program at the University of Texas at Austin, where I was on the Dean's List. I like the clean lines of modern architecture. In keeping with this aesthetic, I also refer to the simplicity of Japanese art for additional inspiration. Once again my hopes of a brilliant career were dashed by illness.

When I became permanently disabled, I began to pursue my art in earnest. Initially,I was known for my tormented nudes primarily done in pastels. I focused on the female figure as a metaphor for emotional states using distortion, facial expression and color to achieve my goal. I like the juxtaposition of geometric shapes with the organic shape of the figure.

Serendipitiously, I devised a method of stretching, gathering and pleating canvas over a flat plane and gessoing the entire thing. Up until this point, the majority of my endeavors focused on the female nude. I have conceptualized a body of work strongly influenced by architecture, transcending the human form, geometric in nature and moving towards the abstract. Canvas contorted into bas-relief with its stark white gesso finish creates a Zen quality.

Happily, I have been asymptomic since 2004. Due to the return of my emotional well-being, I have abandon the themes of torment that once characterized my work. I have shown and sold my work. I am currently working in gold leaf with the intent of creating another signature series.

Shows and Private Sales
1995 Woman Contemplating Her Next Move, private show, San Antonio, TX
2001 Sale of Ode to a Known Stranger, pastel on colored papers, Robin Shivers, daughter-in-law to the former governor of Texas, Alan Shivers $2500
2001 Definata Show, Lombardi Gallery, Austin, TX
2001 Sale of Eve, acrylic painting, Carol Austin, graphic artist, $3000
2003 Splash, Imagine Art Gallery, Austin, TX
2006 Austin Visual Artist Association Membership Show, AVAA Studios, Austin,TX
2006 The Mediation Center, Austin, TX
2006 The Zachary Scott Theater, Austin, TX
2006 Publication,Beyond Boundaries, VSA Arts of Texas, Austin, TX
2007 Austin Bergstrom International Airport, juried show, Austin, TX
2007 Mind Puddles Gallery,Houston, TX
2007 IF+D Design Studio,Austin, TX
2008 1102 Gillespie Street Open House,Travis Heights, Austin, TX
2008 Erotica Show, Gallery Lombardi, juried show, Austin, TX
2008 Sale of From Me to You,Bondage Series,anonymous patron, $1000
2008 Travis Heights Art Trail, Austin, TX
2009 Fair Bean Coffee House, solo show, Austin, TX
2011 Wet Salon and Gallery, solo show, Austin, TX
2011 Published, A Room of Her Own Foundation website, Orlando, FL
2013 Grant award, The Memory Persists, $900, Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ
2014 People's Gallery, juried show, Austin City Hall, Austin, TX
2014 Presenter, Art After Six, People's Gallery, Austin City Hall, Austin, TX

Photograph by Donna Schwandt