nichole mcdaniel tree silhouette

Nichole McDaniel is a professional artist whose signature style attracts clients all over the globe. She was born in 1983 in Indiana, and at a very early age, she was exposed to her Grandfathers’ and Father’s woodworking where her imagination was captivated by the blending of technical craftsmanship, and artistic creativity. 


Nichole’s earliest fascinations were of silhouettes. Inspired by the sun’s interaction with the horizon, and appreciating the beauty of naturally occurring shadows and silhouettes, she began to carefully develop her craft. As her skill grew and imagination flourished, she developed a unique process designed to capture and display the world as she sees it. Making chaotic, ephemeral motion into tangible, single frames from infinite time has become her distinctive mark on the art world.

Nichole graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Art from Western Illinois. She currently resides in Southern California to pursue her passion of creating evocative art. Her current works are a collection of contemporary landscapes and abstracts; inspired by the natural formations and contours found throughout her travels.


Her artwork showcases a full spectrum of bright, vivid colors highlighting the delicate and detailed silhouettes. Nichole’s handcrafted pieces consist of a painstaking process involving aerosol, acrylic, and resin on custom built canvas or wood panel. The paradoxical complexity and simplicity of silhouettes resonates throughout the ethos of her work as she aims to express herself in the purest form possible. 



For almost a decade, Nichole’s techniques have grown increasingly intricate and complex. She has developed the skillful hands of surgeon, ones steady enough to maneuver her main instrument—a precision knife—with uncanny exactitude. Often, the process of preparing a single silhouette may take up to 60 hours, and significantly more when the piece calls for more of them. The use of these silhouettes allows Nichole to develop greater depth within the composition, and to control of colors, patterns and feel of the piece. 


Such mastery has culminated in artwork not found anywhere else in the world. We welcome you to her online gallery.

Artist Statement


Minimalism in life, as in art, communicates the grandeur of what is perceived in the most authentic sense. Unadorned and leaving only the simplest impressions, these works allow those who behold them the rare privilege of seeing how Mother Nature and human invention become one radiant moment in time. In this series, man’s contribution are mere silhouettes; almost accidental in framing natural beauty. Movement, light, and time all slowed to a single frame to be remembered for eternity. Beautiful. Tranquil. Simple.


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Overall I find creating someones portrait interesting, I feel a sense of connection with that person. My process involves layers of paint which is interesting because you can depict an individual by a single layer. But like the person the more layers you add the more you define and understand that individual.