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Nikki May


Nikki May, Artist + Designer

Nikki May is an artist, illustrator, surface designer, branding and web designer, and podcaster living in the historic little river city of Paducah, Kentucky.

After an accidental 10 year career as a creative director for IBM, Nikki (and dozens of other artists from around the country) moved from Atlanta to Paducah as part of their award-winning Artist Relocation Program. She traded cubicles and conference rooms for the home studio she shares with two big dogs and a cat named Pixel. She has a wide variety of interests and skills, including drawing, encaustic mixed media, jewelry design, surface pattern design, web design and development and logo design.

Nikki also loves to travel and will happily jump on a plane to spend three months in Mexico by herself or hop in the car and drive cross country with her favorite travel companion, her two-year-old pit bull, Rocket. In between trips, she can be found on her MacBook or iPad working in the backyard when the weather is nice or in her studio trying to keep Pixel out of the melted wax.

See what Nikki is up to and what print on demand products she’s applying her art to on her website or Instagram.


Fine Art,Graphic Design,Illustration

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