a selfie portrait by miami based artist Karina Nikole

Karina Nicole, An Artist from Miami, Florida @b3lladonna

What was the situation in which this photo was taken?

The Paris incident had just occurred, I was channelling the immense sorrow and despair of the French people.

Could you tell us something about what you do?

I’m an artist currently working out of Miami FL, My mediums include oils charcoals and acrylics, I also designed my own fashion white T-shirt within which my artwork is featured, in a series of 3 Parisian designs, silk printed on the shirts, currently being sold online and in a few boutiques, I’m also a published writer. I have written a series of poems, my latest poem was just published, it’s called Hollow.

How did you first become interested in it?

My passion for Art, has always been a part of me, an extension to my soul.

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I can do it anywhere, and there’s no time clock.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a series of 8 ink illustrations. A marriage between fashion and insects.

What are the challenges in what you do, and how do you overcome them?

My only obstacle is myself, I’m a perfectionist and my biggest critic, therefore I run a tight ship.

Could you describe your personal style?

I’m passionate and extremely detailed, I’m also a bit of a dreamer.

What is your present state of mind?

Stopping time, producing as much work as possible, and working towards leaving a bit of a mark, before I’m gone.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

Metallica, Lana Del Rey, Stevie Nicks, A Perfect Circle, Tool, Cat Stevens, The Roots

Which artists or designers inspire you?

All , there’s no particular one person or thing, everything around me is an experience an inspiration.

What is the purpose of art, in your view?

To make you feel something.

How do you spend your free time?

I’m a bit of a movie enthusiasts, I produce, star in, and direct my own home made movies.


A Karina Nikole painting of a hand with an eye in the palm
A Karina Nikole drawing of a gas mask