I first stumbled upon Nicole Leigh Smith's work through her color crazed Instagram page. After being mesmerized by iPhone images of sunny beaches, bright fashion ensembles, and art projects in progress, I was compelled to check out her website, and I'm so happy that I did.
Nicole's bold and slightly whimsical paintings and jewelry creations – seemingly inspired by sweets – have an instant uplifting effect. Although her candy-hued necklaces look almost good enough to eat, it's her richly textured paintings that I love the most. My favorites are the ones that humorously combine cavity-inducing subject matter with adorable animals.
For a look at the rest of Nicole's paintings as well as her jewelry collection, check out her portfolio of paintings. I dare you to peruse without breaking a smile.