Inspired by color, story and thoughtfully-crafted making, Niya straddles the worlds of character creation/illustration and abstract expressionism. Niya’s training as a designer of products, brands and environments in the Northern California Bay Area influences how she approaches the designs of her stories and paintings. She is inspired deeply by Dr. Seuss, Gwaltney, O’Keeffe and Diebenkorn; and is the author of several illustrated books including “Po’Bird: A wingless bird determined to fly” and “Seducing the Muse: Get unstuck with a creative love affair.”
Niya’s paintings are exhibited nationally and her books are available through major book sellers. She lives and paints in Portland, Oregon with her studio assistant, Max the rabbit.