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Nicole Kline: Psychology and Art

Nicole Kline is an artist living in South Texas. She  studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) before settling back in South Texas to pursue further studies in psychology. Art still plays a major role in her life.  Nicole began painting in 2009 at the age of 15.

At first glance, her website looks like other art site. However, when you begin to read the captions associated with the various works of art, she associates a psychological impression to each piece. This is somewhat the essence of expressing a deeper meaning to her work.  She plans on combining her background in art with the field of psychology.

“Art is definitely a type of therapy . . . with my background in art as a clinical psychologist, I can provide art as a therapeutic practice for my patients.”

Nicole’s interpretation of her art embodies a psychological aspect in painting. Most of her creative ideas are rooted in psychological ideals that are expressed on canvas. This is evident in such works as  “Rainbow of Diversity”. This work embodies humanity as it exists in a vast array of differences, such as that seen in the rainbow.

Rainbow of Diversity

She writes: “Colors are the various reflections of visible light wavelengths. Light allows the human eye to depict the different spectrums of the rainbow. Together these colors create a beautiful phenomenon which human kind associates with peace and happiness. As light allows people to see different rays of color, it also reveals the reality of humanity. Together, humanity exists in array of differences. With the diversity of race, appearance, religion, talent, and individuality, humanity united creates its own rainbow of harmony. Like colors are different reflections of light, humanity is a reflection of something greater. This art work illustrates a syndication of diverse caricatures creating a rainbow. The diversity among human society, when embraced for its unique assortment of individuals, is truly beautiful and majestic.”

Nicole’s art spans various media and styles including mixed media, fabric, pastels, colored pencil and paints.

Virtue's Harmony

Nicole began art early in High School and won a number of school competitions with such works as “Virtue’s Harmony”, which won the Visionarios Competition of 2011 and shown at the Art Museum of South Texas. It is mixed media including colored pencil, charcoal and acrylic paint.

Nicole has also painted a number of unique works incorporating abstract in such works as  “Fruit Follies” which is very unique in its concept.

Fruit Follies

She writes, “A person’s face is the most distinguishing feature of their persona. The inspiration for this series of work was inspired by the thought of people and their diversity and simplicity. In other words, the thought of people looking the same as just a piece of fruit, but yet, every piece of fruit has it’s own taste and subtle change in look. We are not ‘all apples’ or ‘all pears’, but rather, we are the same as ‘fruit’ and we all look and ‘taste’ differently.”

Although Nicole has drawn, painted and won plenty of art competitions, she has recently began to paint pets. She truly has a passion for animals, especially her two dogs, Scruff and Ginger. After painting her dogs in varying compositions, she began to realize, “I could actually begin painting for interested pet owners who would like a memory of their beloved pets.”

“I like to incorporate certain aspects of psychology into my artwork. With my recent animal portraits, my main goal in creating the artwork is to portray the singular personality of the animal, along with the visual likeness.”






We sat down with Nicole and interviewed her on her latest works.

Nicole, we have seen a number of abstract and unique art works on your site. What got you interested in doing animal portraits?

I began painting animal portraits after I made a painting of my two dogs sleeping. It was a great painting that I believe really captured the look of both bogs. However, I knew that these creatures had such expressive personalities that I could not stop here. I began painting portraits of my dogs regularly, in different poses, and have even gone as far as to paint the pets of my friends and family.

How does psychology play a role in the recent animal portraits that you create?

As a student studying to become a clinical psychologist, the study of psychology is a major part of my life. In this way, I like to incorporate certain aspects of psychology into my artwork. With my recent animal portraits, my main goal in creating the artwork is to portray the singular personality of the animal, along with the visual likeness. Any animal owner who appreciates his or her pet can agree that all animals are different and possess unique personalities.

What do you see yourself doing in the next 5 years?

I see myself graduating from graduate school and beginning a practice in clinical psychology and perhaps making custom portraits for clients.

Do you think your art background will help you in the field of psychology?

Art is definitely a type of therapy, and I have considered a career as an art therapist before. However, with my background in art as a clinical psychologist, I can provide art as a therapeutic practice for my patients.

What type of Psychology do you want to practice?

Clinical psychology, preferably with children.

Do you have anything else that you would like to add and tell us?

Just a big thank you for all you do! Of course,

I do not try and present artist favoritism on this site, however, since Nicole is my daughter and I’m super proud of her, I’ll have to bend the rule a little on this one!

Nicole K

Nicole Kline is an art and psychology student. She studied art at SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago). She is now pursuing a psychology degree at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas. She has studied abroad in England.

Photo Credits and Links

Nicole Kline Official Website

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