I'm writing my first book!
It will feature the stories of love and companionship that exist behind so many of my animal portraits.
Here's a sneak peek of what to expect:
If you were to ask me who my alter ego would be, I would tell you that based on looks and personality, Phyllis Diller. My hair is out. of. control. I like to think it helps dissipate my abundant energy and fierce attitude. Plus, it gives me a bit of that edge factor. Keeps people on their toes. I'm not sure what it is about us curly-haired bitches. We've got so much pizazz. Well. Let me introduce myself. My name is Bailey. I am a miniature Maltese, mixed in with Chihuahua, and then mixed again with Poodle. I started out small. And, in size, small I remain. But in personality. Let me tell you, it's big . . .
"Hi Nikki. Can’t express how happy we are with Boris’ portrait. Most impressed with his big sweet eyes. They’re perfect and so real. We decided to hang him in the entry. The light there is best and really shows his coloring which you captured so beautifully. I also love how he is off-center in the painting. He’s the last thing we see when we leave the house and the first when we get home. Just like when he was alive. This portrait will always be our favorite piece of art."
— Scott & Kathy
"Last year we lost our beloved dog, Bailey. We were heartbroken and wanted to memorialize him. We decided we wanted to have a portrait of Bailey. I searched the web and found Nikki. She was wonderful to work with. She helped guide us along the way. Nikki was patient and really cared about making the "pawtrait" perfect for us. She is truly a very special person. We love our pawtrait!"
"To call Nikki Solone talented is an understatement. There is magic in her work. From the moment you begin working with her, answering questions about your pet, sharing photographs, letting her in on that unique love you carry, you can tell she gets it. Nikki captured the soul of my dog: that deep, warm, beloved treasure I thought only I could see. Friends who see the painting reach out to it - raising a hand to stroke the dog they know is just oil on canvas, but feel is real. Thanks to Nikki, I will have Lion with me always in a way I never thought possible."