New “Counting Time” Contemporary Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

“Counting Time” ©2021 Niki Gulley
30″ x 40″ textured mixed media painting on 1.5″ wrap around cradled board with the painting continuing around the edges

Capturing the excitement and energy I feel while being immersed in the nature, “Counting Time” is loaded with vibrant autumn colors, extremely thick textured paint, movement and spontaneity. Peeling, knotted aspen trees stretch deeper and deeper into the woods, counting time as their foliage dances in the breeze creating an uptempo rhythm and filling the forest with its gorgeous symphony.

To purchase “Counting Time,” please contact AO5 Gallery in Austin, TX at
For information on more of my abstract aspen and birch forests, please e-mail Niki Gulley.

Or, check out my website at to see more of my contemporary landscape palette knife paintings.

New “A Knot in the Woods II” Abstract Aspen Painting by Niki Gulley

“Knot in the Woods II” ©2021 Niki Gulley

20″ x 30″ textured mixed media painting 
on 1.5″ wrap around canvas with the painting continuing around the edges
Scrolling bark peels back like white washed parchment revealing secrets in the deeply textured wood below. A painting of grace and beauty, its verticality is offset by diagonal glowing autumn colors. Each stroke defined by thick textured paint and rich colors contrasted against subtle ivories, strike a reverberating chord and create a visual vibration that resonates in an optical song.

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“Reclining Thoughts” New Textured Aspen Tree Painting by Niki Gulley

“Reclining Thoughts” ©2013 Niki Gulley
48″ x 36” textured oil painting on wrap around canvas

In this painting, I wanted you to you to experience the wonderment of looking up into the treetops – just like you did when you were a kid. Lying on the ground, not a care in the world, you gaze in wonderment as the clouds drift by. Choosing playful colors and thick chunky staccato strokes add to that childlike whimsy and I hope you are transported back to a happy, carefree time and place.
For more information on my textured palette knife birch and aspen tree oil paintings, please e-mail Niki Gulley.
Or, visit to see more of my contemporary landscape paintings.

If you’re in the Chicago area, please stop by my booth at the 57th Street Art Fair:
Sat. June 1 • 11am – 6pm

Sun. June 2 • 10am – 5pm

On S. Kimbark, between 56th and 57th Streets • Booth # 827 (close to 56th St.) • Chicago, IL 

Transformation oil painting

“Transformation” ©2011 Niki Gulley
SOLD • 48″ x 60″ oil painting

Rather than create an exact replica of the forest, I wanted to focus on brilliant color and simple shapes to see if I could communicate the excitement I feel when surrounded by nature. Using energetic diagonal strokes and thick, textured paint, I hope you get a sense of the motion in the leaves and the power of nature to invigorate your spirit. I just love how this piece captured that essence!

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Or, e-mail me at Niki Gulley if you would like more information.

Jeweled Forest aspen oil painting

“Jeweled Forest” ©2011 Niki Gulley
30″ x 30″ oil on canvas • SOLD
Just sold to a new collector in Indianapolis. These aspen trees were painted with extremely thick oil paint and palette knives to create heightened color, texture and energy.
E-mail Niki Gulley for more information.

New Framed Aspen Tree oil paintings

5″ x 7″ Aspen oil paintings by Niki Gulley
I painted these miniature aspen trees with palette knife and extremely thick oil paint so that the resulting paintings are filled with color, texture and movement. These oils look great in pairs and threes, and the wide black frame really draws your eye into the artwork and sets each one apart. If you’d like additional information or would like to purchase my aspen tree paintings, e-mail Niki Gulley.