“This piece is inspired by mental health in the black community, and how black men rarely have a safe space to be vulnerable and express themselves. The name of the piece is inspired by Nina Simone’s version of ‘Strange Fruit.’”

Nicole is an artist from Nairobi, Kenya, and currently based in Northern Virginia. She studied at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a BFA in communication arts. Her work is primarily in digital and acrylic painting, though she explores other mediums when necessary to tell her story.

Nicole’s African heritage is a vital source of inspiration for her work. The richness of her culture is prevalent through the color, texture, and themes of her pieces. Her art is also a way for her to be politically active and raise consciousness through creative expression.