Artist Nicole Gaitan expresses her excitement for her permanent residency at the Pando Fine Art Gallery in Park City and discusses discovering her self-taught artistic individuality.
From ketchup to canvas
“Ever since I was little, I’ve always had an interest in art,” said Gaitan, a California-born, Jackson Hole-based artist. Similar to many coveted masters, Gaitan is a self-taught artist. “I really had to practice… my style has always been drawing. I didn’t know how to translate that into painting, so I had to find a way to convey my love of drawing to the painting world if I wanted to be taken seriously as an artist.
Exploration in the realm of contemporary painting led Gaitan to undertake subversive techniques, developing his distinctive visual style through the use of condiment bottles filled with a water-based paint mixture. “I finally found this medium that allowed me to draw my subjects in a way that made them look more like art…it allowed me to be myself.” The technique took on a whole new meaning when Gaitan posted a video on his artist website of him painting with barbecue sauce using the same condiment container. Filmed at a friend’s barbecue restaurant in Jackson Hole, the video gives fans and critics a glimpse into Giatan’s artistic method. “Just experimenting all the time is how you teach yourself.”
Park City Scene
In terms of stylistic harmony, Gaitan’s work in Park City is a perfect fit. The many galleries that freckle the famous Park City Main Street are full of contemporary animal art, creating the perfect environment for Gaitan’s doghouse. “I have like the disease of animals, I have always had it”, Gaitan noted. “I think they have a lot of healing energy. Just being able to paint them makes me happy. Gaitan’s talent for abstract animal painting doesn’t stop at his gallery work, as the artist also does commissioned pet portraits.
“Becoming a gallery artist is a difficult thing to do”, Gaitan noted. The artist remembers years of refusal from galleries, yet persistent before being supported in Park City. “Four of the five pieces I sent sold out within two days. It’s been a love affair ever since.” The Pando Fine Art Gallery also gave Gaitan the opportunity to show his most authentic work, including its bright colors and gigantic dimensions.” That’s why I love Pando, they give me almost all the space in the gallery all to myself. It allows me to fully express myself.
Works on screen
Gaitan’s artistry is immediately recognizable. Its grand scale, vibrant color palette, and abstract ketchup bottle outlines are effervescent, and Utahns are lucky to have its repository in their back pocket for permanent access. Her hair dryer contour technique filled with blended hues creates a fluidity that gives her subjects a whole new life.
You can find Gaitan’s signature repertoire at Pando Fine Art today. “I feel like these pieces are some of the best I’ve ever done,” Gaitan said. Whether you’re looking for Park City paintings or western wildlife, head to the Pando Fine Art Gallery to see the work of the artist behind the barbecue sauce.