Although I am not on Facebook (try as I may, I just can't give myself over to supporting Mark Zuckerberg), I did swing by your Facebook profile and thoroughly enjoyed your March 9th, 2013 post with regard to the Art show at Dernier Bar Avant la Fin du Monde in Paris.
Very cool images of / from the book put out in support of that event ... plus, kudos to you for having your name and examples of your work published therein.
Thank you so much buddy, you're simply wonderful. I myself refrained from supporting Zuckerberg for so many years however the constant e-mails to create a page has prompted my daring approach to the 'book of Face'. In regards to the Miami Art Basel, sadly that is not I. Actually creating that particular piece and sending it (which is usually a ridiculous fee) I was left with little funds to make it to America. Quite a shame, I have missed out on many international art shows I've been apart of. Amongst accommodation and whatnot it was beyond my reach sadly. One can only wish. Perhaps some time in the future! Which state of the US are you from I wonder? Know I appreciate your support greatly. Particularly in my current situation - it means the world to me.
Good deal on the non support of Mr. Z ... but alas, you've got to do what you've got to do to support your work. [ "When in Rome ... do as the Romans do." as the olde saying goes. ]
Miami Art Basel ... yeah, for a moment, when gleaning the pic, I thought that it *might* have been you beneath the framed picture that you submitted.
Thought to myself:
"Fookin' all-right! ... Nicky managed to get an all expense paid round-trip ticket to Miami to promote her work in person!" But sadly, as you said, it wasn't to be. Bummer.
Buuuuuut. But it is great that you got your work shown there. Very good indeed.
I do hope (and I do believe that this WILL occur for you) that as your work becomes more accessible / seen / known / appreciated / promoted (promotion is the key word here), that you are going to have those financial doors opened up just a wee bit for you so that you CAN attend these showings IN PERSON. Really.
You've got an interesting background in that you are self-taught; young; extremely attractive / photogenic (I've told you in the past / left comments on your profile that I think you have a modelling career just waiting on your doorstep if you care to step outside and acknowledge it ) / and can pull together visually iconic images that the public is keenly cognizant of or recognizes, and put your own artistic spin on them so that they morph into something uniquely YOUR OWN, but retain their public recognition appeal.
And you know what? That is the golden key to advertising. The. Golden. Key.
If you can keep doing what you do; continue to refine and hone your technique; possibly expand your subject base by tackling some current event / political / entertainment / etc. topics or subjects, I think that it would create a bit of a domino effect for you in that the media would start to take notice of how unique your stuff is.
Didn't the Huffington Post do an interview with you awhile back. From what I recall, it was a glowing review (and rightfully so).
So whenever I stop by your dA profile to see what is new or what the feedback comments are on your page, I do know that you are on the right path. Just give things a wee bit more time to unfold for you. Success is there ... trust me, it is waiting for you ... it just needs a certain bridge / vector to get you there.
I know that this may not make any sense or be a bit too intense for you, but I think that whatever you choose to do with regard to your artwork / talent / life in general, it will work out for you ... for the best. It may not seem that way at your age, but in due time, as the years progress, I think that you'll look back upon these years and go "You know what, I am glad that I went through that period of my life because it made me who I am today ... I wouldn't be here without having been there."
Regarding where I reside ... I am in the central portion of the Sunshine State. Couple of hours north of Miami (though I have never been to Miami at all ... would love to take a jaunt down that way, but petrol prices here are over the top at the moment).
Hang in there Nicky and know that you've got A LOT of fans out here on deviantART as well as over on Facebook.
Give it time and patience and like I sort of pontificated above, success will come to you / or you to it.
Thanks again for the kind reply ... actually was a bit surprised to see one from you knowing how swamped you get with comments and whatnot.