"What if I had my own cartoon character?"
Those were my thoughts as a teenager, wanting to explore and define my place in this world through creative self expression.
Niki Owl was “born” one summer afternoon in 1995 out of a bunch of doodles on our family coffee table – the center piece where we spent a lot our time playing board games, making handicrafts, and piling up Christmas presents. Niki Owl soon became the featured character on greeting cards I made for family, friends, and my local church community at the time.
Drawing Niki Owl is my way of painting the world into a better place through playfulness and illustrated wisdom.
Somehow, I understood the power of cartoons to communicate simple messages. I was also inspired by the creators of Garfield and Snoopy, other comics, as well as the creations of Beatrix Potter and Roald Dahl as an example of the marriage between literature and illustration. I wanted my own cartoon character, so I created Niki Owl and he became my faithful feathery friend with whom I could communicate safely.
Since then, Niki Owl has generated a worldwide following through greeting cards, gifts, books, cartoons and art.
Between the financial stress my family was experiencing at the time, and having seen things I didn’t want to see during my early years, my ability to envision my own future was deeply affected, which literally translated into shortsightedness. This was one of my earliest signs that emotions impact the body, and it spoke to my deep interest in how we heal ourselves.
Niki Owl helped me “see” a fun and colourful world, where anything was possible; where I was the creator of my reality regardless of what was going on in my family and immediate surroundings. Owls are known for seeing through the dark, and Niki helped me see myself through those dark times so many other teenagers experience.
You see, many teenagers “lose their way” when faced with financial or emotional stress, or feeling out of place in life, but thanks to art and creativity, I found something I could hold onto and start paving my future with. Creating Niki Owl helped me envision and develop my confidence to take inspired leaps of faith and create my own world.
Every time I experienced major life changes or questioned my place in this world, Niki Owl was waiting faithfully for me to come back to my creative home within. And every time I did so, I discovered something else about myself that I could then share with others. It always propelled me forward with renewed strength and inspiration. It’s through this that I can safely say that Niki Owl saved my life and my dreams. Art saves lives.
In Spain, we gift owls as a symbol of good luck and protection. Niki Owl for me goes beyond luck and protection, he’s a sort of divine guidance that gave my life direction, even if I wasn’t quite sure what that meant as a teenager and I figured it out later through my world travels, personal development and desire to help create a kinder humanity.
Niki is now the main character of my first books; Niki Owl, Leap of Faith (novel), Colour Your Life with Niki Owl and Ponle Color a Tu Vida Con Niki Owl (creativity books) as well as a couple bilingual Christmas books.
Niki is one my proudest achievements, and every moment illustrating him is a moment of joy that I get to share with so many of you. I am constantly amazed at how people receive Niki Owl with such open hearts and huge smiles; it warms my heart beyond words.
Niki’s mission is to remind us to live from the inner wisdom of our heart and soul.
Niki’s vision is to shine a light on our global community with expanded ways of thinking and being through inspirational storytelling.
WHY AN OWL?
Owls can see through the dark, and it’s this ability to see through any circumstances that can help guide us in our life vision.
Owls are stealthy, and this stealth has helped me move through life and transform myself whenever I needed to.
Owls have soft feathers, speaking to the gentleness within all of us. Because without kindness there is no humanKIND.
Owls are spiritual guides and protectors, imbued with higher wisdom. We all have wisdom, it’s up to each of us to nurture it and apply it.
I hope you’ll find golden nuggets of wisdom through Niki Owl that serve and inspire you as much as creating him inspires and guides me.
“Dreams aren’t just for kids, they’re for everyone” – Niki Owl