Nicky's Own Art

About Nicky...

Nicky likes to disengage from business and stress by being outside, in nature. Wild herds of Konik horses prompted her to pick up pencil and brush to capture them in their natural behaviour after not having been active as a creative artist for years. But these stocky horses really got to her and she just had to draw them. Koniks, whose bloodlines can contain traces that be traced back to the ancient and long extinct Tarpan, demonstrate the true nature of horses. The way horses are when human meddling is kept at a minimum.

"It was impossible not to draw them", Nicky remembers. "I was introduced to the herds by my sister Margriet Markerink (link to Dutch language site), a fellow photographer/journalist, when she was writing a book about them. I was impressed by their purity and it was very touching to be able to communicate with them using simple body-language. The contrast with many domesticated horses often still makes me emotional. I used to have my own horse and although I was always into natural horsemanship and never into "the sport", I realised more and more how sad the fate of a lot of these four-legged friends of the human race is. Mine had the good fortune to be out in the field all day, with a companion. I did a lot of groundwork with her, following the principles of Monty Roberts, whose clinics I have attended at Wildewood Farms in Atlanta. So she was soft and responsive. But some horses at commercial stables have what I perceive to be "dead eyes". They feel caged in, spend most of their days in solitary confinement in a (albeit beautifully crafted) stable, but are alone to the bone. I believe this lack of interaction with other horses makes a lot of them go mad in the head. They harbour a sometimes aggressive suspicion towards humans. They unfortunately often have reason to be like that. I don't know what it is that makes some people treat them so badly. Is it their size? Is it a power trip to be able to "control" the horse?"

Due to more and more frequent travel all over the world Nicky had to sell her horse "but I found a caring new owner. Below is how I remember her, exuberant and playful, happy to get out in the field on a crispy cold winter morning."

She muses: "With the koniks I was often unable to sleep after my intense encounters. Only drawing them soothed my energy level so that I could go back to bed, pastel crayon dust stuck beneath my nails....!" Nicky never expected the drawings to attract attention from the general public, let alone sell them. "I just created those images for my own satisfaction..." But many of her works have now been in frequent exhibitions in The Netherlands and now live in several places all over the globe.