Nicole Munch: Berners, realism, and making people smile
Artist, Nicole Munch, tells us all about her journey to success, and how her love for Bernese Mountain Dogs got her to where she is today.
For me, it all started with a very special dog. From a very young age, all I wanted was a Bernese Mountain Dog. I grew up owning Shih Tzus but when I finally moved out on my own I got my first Berner, Trooper. He was the love of my life and my heart dog.
All I wanted was a portrait of him but I didn’t have the funds to purchase one from any of my favourite artists. At that time, four years ago, I thought “hey I could draw him” and sadly those first portraits were horrible and shouldn't see the light of day. With a lot of practice, people started noticing my art more and more and eventually people wanted my art. I started as a watercolour artist with more of a whimsical style but over time and with A LOT of practice my style changed to more realism using my favourite brands Faber Castell Polychromos and Strathmore Bristol. I am lucky enough to also have a very talented sister who was able to give me a lot of tips when it came to art and how to better my techniques.
The reason I love doing pet art is knowing the joy it brings to the owner of those pets. Knowing every day they will look at this art and remember the good times whether their pet is still with them or over the rainbow bridge. Some of my favourite art to create are surprise pieces I send to friends, donations to dog clubs and contest winners. If my art can help heal a heart even a little bit or bring a smile to someone's face then I know I am doing it right. I also love trying other mediums like paint, clay and charcoal. I am constantly trying to do better and try new art mediums to keep life interesting.
I find it really hard sometimes to keep motivated but I think of how many people have been surprised and enjoyed my art which keeps me going. I love to learn from my favourite artists and also encourage anyone to try new things and practice, you never know what talents you might have. I currently work in the corporate world and it is nice to come home and unwind with art after being plugged in all day.
I can usually be found in my very chaotic art room at home in Ontario, Canada creating something or spending time with my husband and two dogs, Kratos our 4-year-old Bernese Mountain dog and Zero our 11-month-old Newfoundland Dog. Sadly, to this day I have not been able to bring myself to draw Trooper in the way he deserves to be remembered but it will happen, he was my start and will keep me going for years to come.
For more about Nicole's art, visit her Facebook page.