Nakia Pickering


BFA Student

Major: Illustration

Graduation Year: 2023

Artist Statement:

"If it's not fun, why do it?" - Jerry Greenfield


Nakia (she/her) is a fat, queer, chronically ill woman who was born and raised in New England, spending her childhood running through the woods and absorbing the magic of nature. Her early years were spent at the White Mountain Waldorf School where her love for nature and art bloomed. These loves carried through her time in high school and the gap years she took before attending college at Maine College of Art & Design in Portland, Maine, where these loves collided in her illustration work. She resides in Portland with her partner and their furbaby Calcifer, and is anticipating to graduate with a BFA in May of 2023.
You can see additional work on Nakia's website,