Nina Urbonya is a self-taught watercolor artist who started her business, Nina Belle Designs, in order to spread joy and beauty in the world. She paints bright and vibrant, loose watercolor florals, which are inspired by her love for nature.
Nina grew up in St. Lucia before moving to Detroit with her husband and has a one-year-old daughter who keeps her busy when she isn't painting.
What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up? When I was small I remember writing an essay about wanting to be an artist, to make the world more beautiful. When I got older I wanted to work with an international organization to foster relationships between nations.
What inspired you to start creating your work? After having a baby I could no longer continue my previous work which required a lot of traveling. I began dabbling with calligraphy and watercolor and fell in love. I have always loved nature and it serves as inspiration for all my paintings.
How did it go from a hobby to a business? Friends of mine started to ask me to paint certain things for them. It wasn't until I had a few total strangers wanting to pay me for my work that I began to seriously think about launching my business. I began to make cards, prints, and stickers with my designs.
What do you love most about the creative process? I love that the possibilities are endless. When I have a paintbrush in hand and blank paper in front of me, I can create whatever comes to mind - put my visions right onto paper. Sometimes it turns out the way you want and sometimes it doesn't. Regardless, you always learn something from the creative process.
Aside from creating your art, what do you enjoy doing?
Exploring nature, inviting people over to my home, playing table tennis, and going on walks with my husband and baby girl.
Any fun facts about yourself? I am half french and half Japanese. I love languages and speak English, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean. I love learning about and exploring different cultures and places.
Any quotes you love or live by? "Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." -Desmond Tutu "I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." -Thomas Edison
You can see more from Nina Belle Designs online and in store at Yellow Door.