Happy Art







Nicki La Rosa

Happy Art

www.NickiLaRosa.com Tampa, FL


Thank you so much for visiting!

I was born in St. Petersburg, FL and It is my love of the sea, trees, mother nature and all good medicines I learned about while living “out west” in California and Hawaii, which ultimately brought me back home to the Tampa Bay Area. There’s no place like home. I want to anchor what I’ve learned out west and repay my debt of gratitude to my homeland.
The surrounding water and beaches here make for stunning photography, inspire my paintings and overall soothe my Piscean soul.
My ultimate dream is to manifest the “Gratitude Tree Network,” 24/7 television/media network to encourage the choice of gratitude at all times. If you want to join the network, please feel free to ‘like’ Gratitude Tree Network on FB. :)
All my pieces reflect a deep love for color, my internal striving for balance, sea life and Mother Nature.
I’m an SGI Nichiren Buddhist and an activist for peace and justice. I believe each of us has potential to be happy and lead a value-creating life no matter what happened, is happening or will happen to us. Peace activist and Buddhist philosopher Dr. Daisaku Ikeda is my mentor and I share his sincere determination for true and lasting world peace. Like my mentor, I strive to achieve peace through dialogue, respect and profound gratitude for all humanity.
I am compelled to share the fact that for most of my life, I have experienced episodes of major depression. I am grateful for the lessons learned in those episodes, but strive to overcome the tendencies by following my heart and being grateful for my life! My work is an expression of my gratitude on the ‘other side’ of depression. The happy and grateful human being that was always in me, even in the depths of “black hole” depressive episodes is awakened by painting, nature and appreciation for Mother Earth.
None of us are free of suffering or obstacles, but it is my hope and deep prayer to add value and bursts of love-encoded imagery to children’s playrooms and hospital waiting rooms, living spaces, offices, hotels and any empty walls that could instead be filled with something joyful to gaze upon. My abstract paintings have layers of hidden imagery that are often only activated by the viewer’s imagination. “I see a dolphin! I see a bird with angel wings!” These types of proclamations make my heart sing.
I graduated with a BFA in Motion Picture Television and Recording Arts from Florida State University Film Conservatory, which led me to California and Hawaii working all manner of film and television production jobs. My most memorable gigs were The Matrix 2 and 3 and video game, The Simpsons, The Truman Show, Disturbia, G4 Television Network and The Art Directors Guild and its fine art gallery, Gallery 800. I moved back to Florida in 2014.
I am very grateful for your visit to the site! THANK YOU for THANKING TREES!

*I have thousands of photos of the beaches, trees, skies and rainbows from Hawaii, California and Florida that are yet to be uploaded. Please don't hesitate to e-mail me directly through this site if you are interested in stock nature photography! I am uploading them here asap as well. Special note to Set Decorators and Production Designers, I will sign a release for on-camera use should you hang my art on your sets.

Please email me directly anytime to discuss.

THANK YOU so much for the visit.
Love, Light and Aloha always and to ALL!

Gratefully and lovingly,

Nicki La Rosa


Mystic Beth by Nicki La Rosa


Dolphin Dreams by Nicki La Rosa


Tampa at Noon on a Monday by Nicki La Rosa


Dolphins Playing in Peonies by Nicki La Rosa


Sungate by Nicki La Rosa


Moon Snails Back to School by Nicki La Rosa


Sea Purple by Nicki La Rosa


Party in a Parallel Reality by Nicki La Rosa


Flight of Lotus by Nicki La Rosa


Here Comes the Weekend Aka Indian Rocks Beach Sunset by Nicki La Rosa


Birds and Creatures of Paradise by Nicki La Rosa


Sky Elephant and Friends by Nicki La Rosa


Lotus Blooms by Nicki La Rosa


Sun Sky Angel by Nicki La Rosa


Gaze of Lynx by Nicki La Rosa


Party Portal by Nicki La Rosa


Stretching at Eagle Lake Park by Nicki La Rosa


voyeur by Nicki La Rosa


Dolphin Cesar by Nicki La Rosa


Li'l Ripples in a Florida Lake by Nicki La Rosa


Van Gogh's Ear by Nicki La Rosa


The Purps Family Reunion by Nicki La Rosa


Ft. de Soto Sunset Soar by Nicki La Rosa


Sarasota Spiral by Nicki La Rosa


Dolphin Sun by Nicki La Rosa


Pine Face with Sun Eye by Nicki La Rosa


Sun Streak Sky by Nicki La Rosa


Ginger Sky by Nicki La Rosa


Wave to Sun by Nicki La Rosa


Lips of Waves by Nicki La Rosa


Pastel Paradise by Nicki La Rosa


Crepe Myrtle and Mr. Pine by Nicki La Rosa


Oak Guarding Howard and Moody by Nicki La Rosa


Pink Hibiscus by Nicki La Rosa


Rooftop Sunset International Plaza by Nicki La Rosa


Goddess Tree by Nicki La Rosa


Thank You 1 by Nicki La Rosa


Owl and Dolphin Space Meeting by Nicki La Rosa


Double Rainbow St. Pete FL by Nicki La Rosa


Tuddy Leaves Earth by Nicki La Rosa


Peace Sign Wave by Nicki La Rosa


The Purps at the Badger Stop by Nicki La Rosa


Pine Twist by Nicki La Rosa


Smiling Branches by Nicki La Rosa


Halo Sun at Indian Rocks Beach by Nicki La Rosa


Indian Rocks Sunset 1 by Nicki La Rosa


Pink and Blue Shore by Nicki La Rosa


Pastel Indian Rocks Shore by Nicki La Rosa