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About the Artist
Lauren Marie Nitka is a local Milwaukee Artist finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and Elementary Education at Wisconsin Lutheran College, with supplemental art course work from Mount Mary University and University of Milwaukee Wisconsin.  Highlighted course work that has been a primary inspiration for current works includes Urban Sketchbook: Psychogeography, Advanced Portraiture Drawing, Interior Architectural Rendering, Western Art History ancient to modern, and Asian Art and Architecture History with an emphasis on Chinese art.  Her art style consists of a collage of inspiration, from the drifting method of Psychogeography for inspiration from her city, to the portraiture tradition of Frida Kahlo and Art Nouveau artists.  As a future educator herself, Lauren believes art is not an isolated discipline but a collective conscience that is built on culture and therefore values an intense study of Art History along with Studio Art in her future classroom.

Collage of inspiration, imagery, and material have been Lauren’s method of creation throughout undergraduate school.  Currently she combines various types of papers and inks together for her sketchbook creations inspired from the City of Milwaukee.  Her portraiture tends to be created in soft pastel or oil paint, utilizing looser brushstrokes that create energy around the subject matter.